Well and Septic System Safety After Flooding


Failing Septic Systems

Citizens concerned about a potentially failing septic system should contact Environmental Health at 910-253-2150 for assistance.

Please note that flood water may have a very bad odor similar to a rotten egg smell, and that this does not necessarily indicate sewage has entered the flood waters. This can happen when trees, branches and vegetation get in the water, decreasing water quality and reducing the oxygen in the water. This reduced oxygen can cause the water to become anaerobic, which causes the rotten egg smell.

Drinking Water Wells

Citizens with a private drinking water well are strongly encouraged to disinfect the well and have the well water tested. You can find more information about disinfecting a well here (https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Well-Disinfection-Information.pdf) or apply to have your well tested here (https://www.brunswickcountync.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Water-Sample-Application-2018.pdf) or by calling 910-253-2150.