Public health officials are warning people with wells and septic systems about the risk involved during flooding situations.
The Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit is reminding people to take precautions because of the widespread flooding this spring.
In his report, senior public health inspector Andrew Landy says the risk of contamination to wells and shore wells is high when flooding occurs.
The water from wells and shore wells may not be safe to drink if the well has been flooded.
Residents are advised not to drink the water from any well that has been flooded, and are reminded that boiling this water will not remove chemical contaminants.
Once flood levels have receded, well users are advised to test their drinking water to ensure it is safe.
Septic systems can also be adversely affected.
If a septic system has been flooded, it is recommended that users decrease water use in order to prevent sewage back up into the home or the introduction of pollution into the environment.
Landy remindsd septic system users not to pump out septic tanks during a flood, and to stay off the soil absorption field. These activities can compact the soil, reducing the ability of the system to treat waste water.
For further information, you can visit the health unit website at www.hpepublichealth.ca or call 613-966-5500.