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Safety first: Post-flooded wells should be checked for polluted water

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An Albany well company is getting more calls from people concerned about polluted water after recent flooding.

Harvey Drilling owner Ryan Thompson chlorinated a well Wednesday morning on Knollwood Drive near the Kinchafoonee Creek.

Flood water had previously covered the well.

Thompson said any homeowner in the affected area with discolored well water should have their water tested by the health department and have the well serviced.

"[Look for things like] discoloration of water. Brown water, orange water. And that's going to be typical of when water gets over the top, mixing with water in the well. It's going to discolor," explained Thompson.

Thompson said he has been called by several customers who said their well water tested positive for bacteria after being flooded.  He chlorinates the well with a shock treatment to kill the bacteria.

Thompson said a normal well treatment costs $135, and he is offering a 25 percent discount to flood victims.

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