Well Management
Natural Disasters - Floods and Wildfires

Minnesota experiences a wide variety of weather conditions that can affect a private water well. By preparing your family in advance and by observing precautions during times of extreme weather, you can reduce the risk of health problems.

  • Floods
    • Flood Precautions For Private Water Wells
      The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is advising well owners that private water wells contaminated with flood water can pose a health risk. MDH recommends that well owners take precautions before possible flooding, and take corrective actions should a well be flooded.
    • Disinfecting Flooded Private Water Wells
      Water from a flooded well cannot be regarded as safe for drinking or food preparation until the well and plumbing system have been flushed and disinfected, and a water test shows that it is safe.
    • Floods: Protecting Your Health

      A few simple precautions can help you avoid possible health risks during a flood. This information answers some of the most important questions about floods and your health.

  • Wildfires
    • Wildfire Can Damage Private Water Wells
      As an owner of a private domestic water well that may be damaged by a wildfire, you may have some concerns about fire related impacts to your well and water system.
    • Wildfires: Protecting Your Health
      Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. In addition, a fire may directly or indirectly affect foods in ways that could endanger your health.
    Questions?
    Contact the MDH Well Management Section
    651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808
    health.wells@state.mn.us

    Minnesota Department of Health
Updated Thursday, 01-Aug-2013 08:09:10 CDT