After the Flood — Safe Drinking Water Advisory

Vermont Department of Health offers free drinking water test kits (Kit A)

For immediate release: September 6, 2011

Media Contact: Communication Office
Vermont Department of Health

BURLINGTON – The Vermont Department of Health is offering free water test kits for residents with private drinking water wells that may have been contaminated with floodwaters.

“If your private drinking water well was covered with floodwater, is located very near a flooded area, or there is a change in quality – odor or taste – assume that it is contaminated, take all precautions and get it tested,” said Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD.

Contact your Health Department district office or town health officer for a free test kit and disinfection instructions. Water samples must be submitted to the Health Department Laboratory according to instructions in the kit, and must be clearly marked “contaminated by flooding”. Be sure to write your name and address so that results will be mailed directly to you.

You can also order a test kit for a fee of $14 by calling the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory at 1-800-660-9997. A water test kit order form is also available at the Health Department website:

Drinking water safety guidance for wells affected by flooding:

For more information about drinking water safety after a flood, go to the Health Department’s website anytime at or call the Health Department’s drinking water program at 1-800-439-8550 (toll-free) during regular business hours.

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