SMDHU lifts water advisory for those on wells
Looking up from the bottom of a well (Filipe Delgado, pexels.com)
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit is lifting the drinking water advisory for people no longer impacted by the flooding.
It was in effect for people who get their water from private wells.
The health unit is recommending that after the flood waters recede all residents with private water supplies assess their wells/surface water intake to check for flood waters and damage. There should be no flood water immediately surrounding the well.
The ground around the well may have eroded during flooding, possibly creating unsafe conditions or a pathway for surface water and contaminants to enter the well. In other cases, the electrical wires attached to the pump in a well may be damaged, risking electrocution.
Well owners should exercise extreme caution approaching their wells, especially older, large-diameter dug wells after a flood.
Here are some tips for making sure your water is safe to drink: