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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: August 29, 2011


The Division of Public Health (DPH) is responding to health needs, including drinking water issues. If you are on a private well and the well was covered by flood waters, DPH recommends consuming bottled water or boiling water for drinking, cooking and washing. If you don't know where your well is located and you experienced flooding, DPH recommends that you take precautions and either use bottled or boiled water.

Food safety is also a concern - especially for those who have experienced a power outage. When it comes to food, when in doubt, throw it out. If you have to think about whether something is safe, you are advised to discard it.

Residents with specific questions can contact the DPH Hurricane Irene call center at 866-408-1899 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.

Floodwaters are considered contaminated because they carry sewage, chemical contaminants and disease-causing organisms. In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, residents who depend on private wells that were flooded should take the following precautions:

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.