Flood Water & Your Health

Health officials are urging anyone who’s dealing with floodwater to be extremely careful with their well water supply and food.   

The Renfrew County & District Health Unit is urging people to have well water samples tested, which is a free service offered by the Health Unit, and to take some careful steps surrounding using water and preparing food. 

Environmental Health Coordinator David Tantalo says you should never assume that floodwaters anywhere near your home haven’t had an impact.

"Make sure that it's tested, to ensure the water is safe to drink", Tantalo told Star 96.7.

"That's for everybody, but in particular, when it comes to flooding situations, it's even more important to check your water and have it tested for harmful bacteria", Tantalo added.

Officials say there are also important risks to consider when handling sand bags, and when cleaning up homes and properties.

The Health Unit is also hosting a series of public information sessions over the next several days to field questions and provide information to residents affected by flooding

Here are some helpful Links:

Wellness Information Clinics This Week:

https://www.rcdhu.com/

Food Safety

https://www.rcdhu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/FoodinEmergency-2.pdf

Well Water Safety

https://www.rcdhu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Updated-Water-Media-Release.pdf

Overall Flood Water Safety

https://www.rcdhu.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Media-Release-Flood-Water-Safety-April-26-2019.pdf