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Standing water has hidden dangers

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Although splashing through puddles may be fun for many kids... public health officials say you need to stay away from standing water because of hidden dangers.

Flood waters may contain dangerous material such as overflow from sewage systems, agricultural runoff, and chemicals from industrial areas. There can also be electrical hazards or sink holes that you can't see. Also, the water is often deeper than it appears and can pose a drowning danger.

Wells can also easily be contaminated. Burt Spence with Public Health said, "If they got water standing on the well, or over the well, we recommend they boil the water, bring it to a full boil before they use it or use bottled water."

After the water recedes... you can call public health and they will test your well to see if the water is safe for consumption.

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