Lake County Health Department is offering a free water sample analysis to people who have had their water well impacted by the recent flooding. The free testing is intended only for these people because of the increased risk that the well may have become contaminated. To qualify for free same analysis, you must have experienced at least one of the three following conditions:
- The well is currently submerged under flood waters. The homeowner should wait for flood waters to recede before collecting a water sample. First flush the well and plumbing by running a hose (not to septic system) for an hour or more until clear. Then the well and plumbing should be disinfected by a licensed well contractor prior to water sample collection.
- If the well is not submerged but floodwaters surround the well, the homeowner should flush the well and plumbing by running a hose (not to septic system) for an hour or more until clear. Then collect a water sample.
- If the homeowner is unsure if the well was submerged, the homeowner should first flush the well and plumbing by running a hose (not to septic system) for an hour or more until clear. Then collect a water sample.
As a precaution, do not drink or cook with the well water until it is determined the water does not contain bacteria. It should be assumed the well water is contaminated if any one of these above conditions exist. Retail bottled water should be used for cooking and drinking needs during this time.
If the initial water sample is unsatisfactory, we will allow one free retest for total coliform.
To pickup your test kit please come to the Deer Park Village Hall M-F 8am-4pm
If there are any questions, please contact the Lake County Health Department at 847-377-8020.
Lake County Health Department