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Special assistance available for unsafe wells

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Gazette Staff
August 15, 2008
— Special assistance will be available from the U.S. Public Health Service to residents impacted by the flooding this summer.

Starting Monday, five uniformed environmental health specialists will be in Rock County to help homeowners evaluate health and sanitation concerns at flood-impacted properties.


Although flooding has receded, the Rock County Health Department has indicated an ongoing need for testing wells in or near previously flooded areas. More than 400 residential wells in or near the flood zones in Rock County have been tested for bacteria.


“Although the floods are behind us, we are still seeing over 25 percent of wells testing unsafe for bacteria. Some of these wells have also had E. Coli bacteria, which can be a very serious health concern,” Rick Wietersen, groundwater program manager, said in a statement.


Free well kits are available through the Rock County Health Department.


The public health officers will be contacting many of the more than 100 well owners who have had unsafe wells and offering technical assistance in getting the wells back to a safe condition.


To request special assistance with well testing or treatment, mold remediation or flood-related health issues, call the health department at (608) 757-5441 or (608) 364-2010.



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