Private Wells 101: Bacterial Contamination and Shock Chlorination
Case of bottled water. If your private well has flooded, an alternative water source, such as bottled water, should be used until you receive test results confirming your well water is safe to drink. Photo taken 08-06-20 by Cristina Carriz, UF/IFAS.
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How to Cite

Zhuang, Yilin, and Mary Lusk. 2021. “Private Wells 101: Bacterial Contamination and Shock Chlorination”. EDIS 2021 (1).


Private well users are responsible for the management and protection of their wells. This new 4-page EDIS publication is for Florida homeowners who are interested in learning more about their well-water system and understanding how to properly shock, or disinfect, the well if there is evidence of drinking water contamination. Written by Yilin Zhuang and Mary Lusk, and published by the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences.
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