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Water may not be safe to use for drinking, cooking or cleaning after a flood. During and after flooding, private water systems (wells or springs) can become contaminated with microorganisms — such as bacteria, sewage, heating oil, agricultural or industrial waste, chemicals, and other substances that can cause serious illness. Community members should assume their water is contaminated if floodwater has reached their well or spring.

However, free drinking water test kits are available. Call 802-338-4724 to order free drinking water test kits to find out if a well or spring was impacted by floodwater.

You can find more post-flood drinking water guidance on this page:

Additional information on how to stay safe when returning to a home or business after flooding is on the Health Department’s website and is being updated regularly: Stay Safe in a Flood | Vermont Department of Health (

Find the most up-to-date boil water and do not drink list at

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