CAMP FIRE WATER TESTING AND WELL INSPECTION
WHAT DO I DO AFTER I RETURN TO MY HOME?
This is a question we expect to hear often.
FLUSH, FLUSH, and then FLUSH some more. When you return to your home, run your water out of all pipes. The water has been stagnant in the distribution system, and may contain bacteria.
VISUAL INSPECTION OF THE PUMP SYSTEM: Is there fire damage to the system? PVC pipes contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can be released into the water if the pipe gets hot or melted. Water testing should be conducted if you have PVC pipes that were exposed to high heat or flames.
ASSESS DAMAGE AND CONDITION OF THE PUMP SYSTEM: Listen to how the pump is running. Is it struggling? Do you hear water dripping or falling back into the well?
ASSESS THE “CONE OF INFLUENCE” AROUND YOUR WELL HEAD: This is the area that surface water penetrates the soil and recharges your well. Walk in a cycle around your well head to determine if any toxins made contact with the soil. Although soils percolate at a different rate, we recommend examining a minimum 60 foot radius around your well head. Did fire retardant fall within the “Cone of Influence?” If so, it is recommended that further tests be conducted of your water to determine if PFOS and PFOA has contaminated your water system.
If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance with your water system, please call us and take advantage of our reduced rate for victims of the CAMP FIRE.
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NORTH STATE WATER TREATMENT