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Take precautions to protect private wells

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Johnson County Public Health officials are reminding residents who have private wells on their property which may be in danger of flooding to take precautions now to protect the wells.

If your well is in a low-lying spot or may be close to flood waters, you're urged to create a barrier around the well head with sand bags or a berm. Those sand bags or berm should not be in contact with the well head, and be constructed in a three to four foot radius around it.

Officials also warn if flood waters reach the well head you should stop using your well water immediately. Using well water when floodwaters are near the well head may pull contaminated water into your well.

Additionally, you're warned not to boil your flood-contaminated well water as it will concentrate any chemicals that may be in the water.

For more information on keeping your well safe and cleaning a food-contaminated well check here. Well owners can also call Johnson County Public Health at 319-356-6040 and ask to speak with an Environmental Health Specialist.

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