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Especially After Flooding, Test Your Water - Contamination can be colorless and odorless, but can do real harm. The

Photo: Istock related articles By Dan Shapley While many Americans get their drinking water from public water systems that pipe treated water to homes, 15 million rural residents rely on private wells that are not monitored by government for contamination. Especially after flooding, it's important to test or treat your water, according to the New York State Department of Health, which warned private well owners to disinfect private wells if flood waters from Hurricane Irene may have infiltrated. New homeowners should not assume that the test results they received ensure the water is safe to drink. Banks typically require only tests for bacteria, not chemical contaminants. Experts recommend asking water testing services for tests that include the full range of industrial chemicals, including the gasoline additive MTBE. Such tests can cost upwards of $500. When New Jersey in...

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