DELAWARE - Delaware Public Health are giving away drinking water test kits. The number one priority after a flood is getting safe drinking water, and for those with well water, DPH is assisting by giving away water testing kits. These kits will detect contamination in the well, from bacteria.
Kits are available at the following locations:
University Plaza, Chopin Bldg 258 Chapman Road, Newark 302-283-7100
Thomas Collins Building 540 S. DuPont HWY, Dover 302-744-1000
Delaware Public Laboratory 30 Sunnyside Road, Smyrna 302-653-2870
Adams State Service Center 544 S. Bedford Street, Georgetown 302-856-5496
Once you've picked up your kit, return your sample to the same location, and you'll be notified within 72 hours if its contaminated. Officials say that until you've tested your well, you should be boiling your water, for at least one minute. Residents can also disinfect water using household bleach. Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach for each gallon of water. Stir it well and let it stand for 30 minutes before using it. Bottled water is another safe alternative.
Those who get their water from a public water system, should contact their provider to make sure that their water is safe for drinking and bathing.
If you have questions about flood recovery, contact Delaware Division of Public Health Storm Recovery center at 866-408-1899.