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Health Department Gives Advice on Disinfecting Contaminated Water from Wells

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If you get your water from a private well, you may need to have your water tested due to the recent floods. KSMU's Alvin Chen reports.

Health officials are reminding residents who use private wells that it's not always safe to use water from wells after a flood, because the water may be infected by bacteria.

Jaci McReynolds is the spokesperson for the Springfield Greene County Health Department. She recommends that people check whether the private wells have become contaminated after a flood.

She says the easiest way for people to disinfect the water themselves is to use common household liquid chlorine bleach.

McReynolds also says once the water has been disinfected, residents should send a water sample to the Health Department and have it tested by experts.

For more information, you can call 864-1658, or go to the Department's website at springfieldmo.gov/health.

For KSMU News, I'm Alvin Chen.