Public health officials give water quality tips after floods

Flooding in Midtown Mobile (Marie Perez)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Public health officials are offering safety tips to people who use septic tanks and wells after recent floods.

Alabama Department of Public Health officials said in a statement Wednesday that septic tank users should try limiting water usage and consider having their tanks pumped to alleviate potential performance issues.

Officials say slowly draining sinks and toilets and sewage becoming visible outside the home are signs that a septic system isn’t functioning properly.

Public health officials say floods can also increase the potential risk of contamination to well water and people who use private wells should test their water before consuming it or giving it to pets.

Officials say anyone unsure of their water quality should get sample kits from local and state health departments and boil water for one minute.

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