Flooding Can Contaminate Your Well or Spring
The information on this page is for residential private water systems (wells and springs). If you get your residential drinking water from a private intake of lake or surface water source, do not use the water and contact a Department of Environmental Conservation regional engineer for guidance
If you pay a water bill, you are on public water. Please go to Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Flood Recovery website for more information.
Assume your water is contaminated if floodwater has reached your well or spring, and do not use it for drinking until you know it is safe. Water may not be safe to use for drinking, cooking or cleaning after a flood. During and after flooding, private wells and springs can become contaminated with bacteria, microorganisms and other pollutants from sewage, heating oil, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals, and other substances that can cause serious illness.