ALERT FOR ALL PRIVATE WELL OWNERS IN FLOODED AREAS
September 14, 2021
The Florida Department of Health in Citrus County (DOH-Citrus) advises residents living in homes with private wells affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make their water unsafe to drink.
DOH-Citrus recommends ONE of the following:
- Boil tap water and hold it at a rolling boil for at least one minute. Let it cool before using it for drinking, brushing teeth, giving to pets, washing food, cooking or washing dishes.
- Disinfect tap water by adding eight drops of plain, unscented household bleach (four to six percent strength), which is about one eighth teaspoon or a dime sized puddle, per gallon of water. If a higher strength bleach is used (8.25% strength), only add seven drops of bleach. Mix the solution and let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure one time.
- Use commercially-available bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
- Disinfect your private well using the procedures available from the Florida Department of Health website: FloridaHealth.gov/environmental-health/private-well-testing/index.html. You may also visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) website for instructions: water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/whatdo.cfm.
- If your well has been flooded, DOH-Citrus Environmental Health Program recommends getting your well water tested for coliform bacteria.
For those collecting their own water sample, the closest labs are in Ocala and Tampa.
- Advanced Environmental Labs (813) 630-9616
- Marion County Water Test Lab (352) 694-6042
For those looking to hire a company to sample their water, call 352-513-6100. If the test reveals bacteria, the well and water system need to be disinfected.