Post Hurricane Well Water Testing

— Written By Brad Thompson and last updated by Jamie Warner
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As the waters begin to recede from Hurricane Florence, it is important to remember that the water we have seen above ground is also making its way below ground as well. Well water can become contaminated with bacteria as flood waters recede and permeate into the soil. It is sometimes forgotten that there are many individuals who still rely on well water as their main water source for daily consumption and household chores.

Due to the possibility of contamination, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) is offering free well water test kits to citizens that suspect their well has been flooded or otherwise contaminated with bacteria as a result of Hurricane Florence.

To obtain a kit, homeowners must contact the local health department to make a request for the kit. Residents of Montgomery County can find contacts through the EHS Directory.

The results of the well test kit will be provided to the local health department and the homeowner. If the well is contaminated, then the homeowner will be informed of a course of action. For more information, contact your local N.C. Cooperative Extension office.