5 Well Disinfection Techniques, from a Water Doctor


Need to disinfect your well after a natural disaster? Or just want to protect your family from potential microorganisms in your well supply?

Discover 5 well disinfection techniques here. For short-term emergencies, use shock chlorination or boiling based on your circumstances.

2 Emergency Response Well Disinfection Techniques

Here are two recommended well disinfection techniques for emergencies like septic system contamination, flooding, or natural disasters.

Shock Chlorination

Shock chlorinating your well is the best way to kill coliform bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms in well water.


Boiling water is another short-term emergency procedure for disinfecting well water.

Fill a pot under your water faucet, then bring the water to a rolling boil for 1 minute.

The heat will kill bacteria, viruses, and other potential contaminants by damaging their structural components.

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