Natural Disasters: Well Management Program - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Natural Disasters
Well Management Program

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.


  • 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
    • Floods (CDC)
    • Flooding (EPA)
      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.


  • 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
    • Wildfires (CDC)
    • Wildfires (EPA)
      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.
Updated Monday, 18-Mar-2019 16:13:04 CDT