The Boone County Health Department is offering free water testing to those with wells affected by flooding.
Sterile bottles to be filled and returned for analysis can be found at the department, 1204 Logan Avenue in Belvidere. Information on disinfecting wells can also be found there. Residents with private wells should have the water tested after flood waters recede.
Both during and after floods, residents should stay away from the waters to avoid contamination, especially where homes are served by individual septic systems, which can release sewage into the floodwater when they're submerged.
The health department also recommends the following tips:
Questions can be forwarded to the Environmental Health Department at 815-544-2951, ext. 2, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information can be found at www.boonehealth.org.
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