Flooding can lead to contaminated drinking water, especially for people who use private wells. When public drinking water is contaminated, health officials will issue a boil order.
Here are some tips to follow for keeping you and your family healthy during a storm and flooding:
- Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula.
- Boil water for at least one minute before using it for drinking, washing, cooking.
- Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1/8 tsp - this would form a puddle about the size of a dime) of unscented household bleach per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure.
- Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.
- After the flooding subsides, disinfect your well using the procedures available from your local health department, or provided on the Department of Health Web site athttp://www.doh.state.fl.us/environment/water/manual/floodinf.htm; and have your water tested by your local health department or by a laboratory certified by the State to perform a drinking water analysis.