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Bacteria

If you need to test your water for bacteria go to the Water Tests page.

If you have received a positive test for bacteria review these helpful publications:

Use these web sites to find out more about bacteria in well water:

  • Bacteria in Drinking Water, University of Missouri. Very thorough: Includes info on testing, temporary disinfection, shock chlorination, water treatment systems, and using water for livestock.

  • Bacteria and Well Water, American Groundwater Trust.

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Flood?

See EPA's fact sheet

Includes info for wells & septic systems
See our instruction.

If you need to disinfect drinking water temporarily, such as after a flood or any time bacteria is found in your water, read about using chlorine bleach or boiling to make your water safe.

Emergency Disinfection of Drinking Water, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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