Brunswick County residents whose private drinking water well flooded during the heavy rains of Hurricane Matthew can get their drinking water tested.
When submerged by flood waters, wells can become contaminated by bacteria which makes the water unsafe to drink.
These wells should be flushed, thoroughly disinfected, flushed again and tested for bacteria before the water is used for drinking.
The Environmental Health Division at Brunswick County Health Services will perform free testing until Oct. 31. After Oct. 31, the sampling will cost $50. Please call 910.253.2150 to arrange your water sample testing or if you have any other questions concerning your private drinking water well.
If your well has been flooded, until you know that your well water is safe to drink, health officials recommend boiling water or drinking bottled water.