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Flooding in Vermont

If you are on a private well or spring, assume your water is contaminated if floodwater has reached your well or spring. Do not use it for drinking until you know it is safe.

If you've already tested your water, learn how to understand your results and what to do next



The links below will help you learn about contaminants that could affect Vermont waters, including your drinking water. You'll find information about:

  • What the contaminant is and how it gets in your water

  • How the contaminant can affect your health

  • How to test for the contaminant in water

  • How to treat for the contaminant if you have high levels in your drinking water

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The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation is offering grants to Vermonters who have failed drinking water systems. A failed drinking water system means:

  • You have an inadequate water supply (for example, your well runs dry in the summer).

  • Your water has high levels of some contaminants (for example, arsenic, bacteria or lead).

  • Your water supply is contaminated by known sources (for example, an underground fuel storage tank).

Find out if you're eligible and sign up today

More Information

The Health Department uses different types of drinking water guidance levels to protect people’s health. Drinking water that is contaminated above the guidance level may pose some health risk to people drinking the water. Learn more about Vermont's drinking water guidance levels