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AGW1013, Reviewed March 2009

Checking and Disinfecting Flooded Wells

Eric Evans
Emergency Management Specialist
Fire and Rescue Training Institute

If your well has been flooded, the well and entire water system should be cleaned and disinfected. Floods can contaminate wells with silt, raw sewage, oil and disease organisms.

First, remove silt and debris from the well and examine the casing, motors and pumps, piping, electrical and other system components for damage. Consult a serviceman if damage is extensive or if you are unable to make repairs.

To disinfect a well:

To disinfect a cistern:

For more information, contact your local MU Extension Center.

AGW1013 Checking and Disinfecting Flooded Wells | University of Missouri Extension

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