DNR offers guidance in wake of regional flooding; visitors to parks and forests encouraged...

Discussion in 'Outdoor News' started by Wisconsin DNR News, Sep 23, 2016.

  1. By Central Office September 23, 2016

    Contact(s): Liesa Lehmann, DNR private water supply section chief, 608-267-7649, [email protected]; Kirsten Cahow-Scholtes, private water supply specialist, La Crosse, 608-785-9976; Jake Sedivy, private water supply specialist, Spooner, 715-416-3331; Jennifer Sereno, DNR communications, 608-770-8084, [email protected]

    MADISON, Wis. - Heavy rains in many Wisconsin counties this week have affected private property owners and state properties as well.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is encouraging visitors planning a trip to state parks and forests to check the department's current conditions page as portions of some trails and campgrounds have been affected.

    The department also is offering the guidance below as many property owners will begin assessing damage, checking wells and septic systems and removing storm related debris. In particular, heavy rains can create conditions that affect private wells and drinking water.

    Visiting state parks and properties


    • People and pets are advised to limit contact and avoid swimming or wading in flood waters and runoff, which may contain bacteria and other contaminants.

    Private wells and drinking water

    • Floodwaters and runoff may affect private wells. Well owners who observe flooding or changes in their water should assume their wells are contaminated and should stop drinking the water. Homeowners are encouraged to make sure their wells are properly disinfected, then sample the well after pumping and disinfection to assure the water is safe.
    • Wells located in pits, basements and low-lying areas are especially susceptible to contamination.
    • Even without obvious signs of flooding, a well can become contaminated. More recommendations for private well owners whose wells have been inundated are available on the DNR website.
    • More information on bacteriological contamination of drinking water wells, along with lists of licensed well drillers, pump installer and labs certified to analyze water samples are available by searching the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for the keyword "li>
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