SALISBURY, Md. - Residents who rely on a well for water, should use caution during this time. Officials with the Wicomico County Health Department are advising residents to not use well water, if their yard is flooded.
The water could be contaminated, if the septic system has been flooded. Sewage can backup into your home, and make you sick. Officials say that when the power is out, septic systems with pumps, will not work, and if you keep using them it could cause a sewage backup.
Officials say that you should use bottled water, or water that has been boiled for at least 3 minutes. You can add household chlorine bleach to your water to disinfect it. Do not use bleach with fragrances or detergents. Add 8 drops of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) per gallon of water and allow it to sit for 30 minutes before using it.