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Check on Private Wells, Sewer Systems After Flooding


September 9, 2021

Flooding like the Cove experienced last week can cause serious damage to farmland and homes. While most damage is very visible, one area that might be overlooked is damage to private wells and sewer systems. Flooding can damage and contaminate those systems, and the Penn State Extension office wants rural Pennsylvanians to be aware of possible problems with their systems.

After a flood, homeowners with private wells should inspect those systems for damage and test their drinking water for bacteria. Signs of well damage may include a cracked or shifted well casing; a missing or damaged well...

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