Water Safety After a Flood
Información sobre la seguridad del agua
Floodwaters may contain fecal material from overflowing sewage systems, and agricultural and industrial byproducts.
- There is risk of disease from eating or drinking anything contaminated with floodwater.
- Do not allow children to play in floodwater areas, wash children’s hands frequently (always before meals), and do not allow children to play with floodwater contaminated toys that have not been disinfected.
- Keep open cuts and sores as clean as possible by washing well with soap. If a wound develops redness, swelling, or drainage, seek immediate medical attention.
Private Water Well Systems
Private drinking water wells in flooded areas should always be considered contaminated. If your well or the area around it was flooded:
- STOP USING THE WATER FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION AND CONTACT.
- Use only bottled or boiled water as an alternative source for drinking, cooking (including washing food you eat raw), and bathing until you can disinfect your well and have a sample tested.
- Visit the Public Health Preparedness website for more information on steps to protect your health and disinfect your private well fbchealth.org
- TCEQ Disinfecting Your Private Well https://www.tceq.texas.gov/publications/gi/gi-432.html
- EPA – What to Do After the Flood https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/epa816f05021.pdf
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