Flooding poses potential risk for 1 million private wells
By JIM SALTER
ST. LOUIS (AP) - More than 1 million private wells that supply drinking water in mostly rural parts of the Midwest could face the risk of contamination from floodwater, posing a health concern that could linger long after the flooding subsides.
Major flooding along the Missouri and Mississippi rivers and smaller waterways has inundated states in the middle of America. Floodwaters carry such things as raw sewage from overburdened treatment plants and agricultural contaminants.
The National Ground Water Association, a trade group for the industry that includes well systems, cites 1.1 million private wells in 300 flooded counties in 10 states. Experts say those wells are at risk of contamination if floodwater gets in, either by overtopping or through cracks or other flaws.
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