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Natural Disaster Emergency Response to Private Well User Needs: Evaluation of a Pilot Outreach Approach

Abstract

After a flood, private well users are recommended to disinfect their well to eliminate potential microbial contamination, but research gaps exist on user implementation of recommended procedures. This study evaluated a distance education class on well disinfection after severe flooding that was piloted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Participants submitted a well water sample for microbial analysis and completed pre- and post-class surveys. Water samples tested positive for total coliforms among 33% of well users with an income >$85,000, 85.7% with an income between $45,000 and $85,000, and 75% with an income


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Speaker / Author:
Aubrey E. Gilliland, MPH, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Drew M. Gholson, PhD, Mississippi State University Extension
Diane E. Boellstorff, PhD, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Kelsey J. Pieper, PhD, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Northeastern University
Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, MPH, PhD, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Adrienne Katner, MS, DEnv, School of Public Health, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
Month Year:
September 2020
Volume#:
83.2
Page #:
16-24
Publication Month:
September 2020
Water Quality