Free Private Well Water Testing Available for Dane County Residents
August 28, 2018 • by Kayla Smith
(This blog post via NBC 15 Madison)
DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) — If you live in a flooded area of Dane County and own a private well, your water may be in danger of contamination from pollutants carried in floodwaters.
Public Health Madison & Dane County, in partnership with the Wisconsin State Lab of Hygiene, are now offering free and expanded private well water testing services for impacted Dane County residents.
Well owners impacted by flooding should immediately stop drinking their well water and using it for cooking unless it has been boiled for one minute, according to the PHMDC.
The well and the entire plumbing system should be disinfected. This procedure is best done by a licensed well driller or pump installer, but can also be done by well owners. More information can be found from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resource.
After disinfection and before using your well again, water should be tested for bacteria. Free well water testing kits are now available for pick-up in Cross Plains, Mazomanie, Black Earth, Town of Middleton and the Town of Montrose, according to the PHMDC.
Well owners who are unsure if their well has been impacted should test their water regardless.
Residents with questions about well water testing, can call:
· Public Health Madison & Dane County: (608) 242-6515
· Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene: (608) 224-6202 or (800) 442-4618
Free well water testing sample kits are available to be picked up at the following locations until Sept. 6:
State Bank of Cross Plains
1205 Main St., Cross Plains
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
Middleton Town Hall
7555 Old Sauk Rd., Verona
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Friday
Black Earth Village Office
1210 Mills St, Black Earth
8:00 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Mazomanie Village Hall
133 Crescent St., Mazomanie
7:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m., Monday through Wednesday
7:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Friday
Montrose Town Hall
1341 Diane Ave., Belleville
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
Madison – Public Health Madison & Dane County Laboratory
8:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday
City-County Building, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room 516B, Madison
Madison – Public Health Madison & Dane County Environmental Health Office
7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday
2300 S. Park St., Suite 2022, Madison
All floodwater should be considered contaminated, according to the PHMDC. Wait until water subsides because there are harmful bacteria and viruses in the water.
After water and debris has subsided, proper clean-up becomes imperative. Wear rubber gloves, boots and eye protection to prevent contaminating yourself with sewage. Residents should wash their hands thoroughly and wash clothes separately after finishing clean-up of sewage, according to the PHMDC.
For resources and more information, visit here.