Lake County health officials advise residents: Be heedful of post-flood repairs to wells, septic systems
August 30, 2017 - Essential Water
The Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center released a matter this week reminding residents with private H2O wells and septic systems to take precautions to equivocate health risks following final month’s flooding.
“Floodwaters mostly enclose germ or other contaminants that can means illness. Floodwater competence have infested H2O wells and caused septic systems to fail,” health dialect officials pronounced in a statement, adding that giveaway water-sample research is being offering by Sept. 7 for residents whose H2O wells were submerged or surrounded by floodwater.
“Residents competence collect adult waste bottles to be filled and returned for research during a Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville,” a matter added. “Many municipality and encampment offices in a county also offer a H2O contrast kits. Please call your encampment or municipality to see if they have bottles available.”
According to a statement, residents should assume that if their good was submerged underneath inundate waters, a H2O is contaminated.
“Do not splash or prepare with a good H2O until it is dynamic a H2O does not enclose bacteria. In a meantime, use sell bottled H2O for celebration and cooking needs,” a matter added, with officials recommending that residents flush a good and plumbing by using a hose for an hour or more.
Homeowners are also suggested by a dialect to sinecure a protected good executive to weigh and scrupulously purify a well. The dialect is posting a list of good contractors during http://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18202.
If a good was not submerged though floodwaters surrounded a well, a matter added, residents should flush a good and plumbing by using a hose for an hour or more, and still collect a H2O representation and contention it to a health dialect for analysis.
According to a statement, residents who think their septic complement competence have been shop-worn should hit a septic complement executive for an investigation and service. A list of protected contractors has been posted by a dialect during http://www.lakecountyil.gov/DocumentCenter/View/9966.
“During complicated rains and flooding, septic tanks, aerobic units, lift stations, and holding tanks can fill with sediment and debris. Fats competence also boyant and block a opening of a tank,” a matter added. “Your complement competence need veteran cleaning after floodwaters recede.”
Residents who think their septic systems were shop-worn by floodwater are also suggested by a dialect to equivocate hit with septic complement electrical devices. Officials also endorsed shortening non-essential H2O use — including showering, flushing toilets and using dishwashers — if a septic complement shows signs of not operative properly.
Signs of repairs to a septic complement embody sinks and/or toilets removal slowly; building drains overflowing; sewage apropos manifest on a belligerent outward a home; or dirt settling around a septic tank, according to a statement.
More information on H2O wells and septic systems is accessible by job a Lake County Health Department’s Environmental Health Services during (847) 377-8020.