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Published March 20 2010

Private well owners warned of dangers

Fargo Cass Public Health urged area residents with private wells to be cautious of the hazards caused by floodwaters.

Floodwaters can transport disease-carrying materials from barnyards, feedlots or sewage disposal systems into drinking-water wells, a news release said.

Water from a flooded well should not be used for drinking until the well has been tested and found to be safe by state or local health officials.

It may be best to use bottled water for drinking and cooking until your water supply is proved to be safe.

To have the bacteriological safety of drinking water analyzed, contact Fargo Cass Public Health’s water-testing facility at 435 14th Ave. S., Fargo, or call (701) 298-6986.