WATER SAFETY FOR SHELL KNOB WELLS
Shell Knob proper escaped from damage done by the recent JANUARY ice storm and power loss, but several Barry County residences experienced power outages. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services issued guidance on the safety of water in private wells during a power outage.
Private water wells experiencing power loss during the recent power outages in Missouri are not at the same risk as a public water system. Private well pumps and systems are designed for intermittent pressure surges. Pumps go on and off depending on pressure in the system. Pressure reaches a preset limit and the pump shuts off. As water is used pressure drops, and at a preset limit the pump turns on creating a short surge. A pump not running for a period of time due to a power loss is no different than the family leaving the home for a period of time and not using water. Unless there is some risk fctor compunded by the power outage there is minimal risk of contamination during the outage.
If the pump is damaged due to the power surge and must be pulled and replaced, testing the well for bacterial condition and disinfecting the system may be advisable. Information on well disinfection from the Department of Health is located at: www.dhss.mo.gov/Lab/En-vBact/Lab-10D.pdf
All homeowners using private wells are encouraged to test the water at least once a year, regardless of any power interruption.
Homeowners in Stone County call call the Health Department for assistance and information. Phone: 417-357-8200.
For Real Estate or area information, Call Joan Toll Free at: 888-823-4125