Epic floods in Rhode Island overwhelm wastewater plant
March 31, 2010

The wastewater treatment plant in Warwick, Rhode Island, has been closed and evacuated due to flooding, and authorities there think it could take months to bring the system, which serves the second-largest city in the state, back on line. The current flooding in Rhode Island is unprecedented, according to the governor, and the waters have closed parts of I-95 and led to evacuations. In addition to creating widespread need for flood-cleanup pumps, the flooding is likely to contaminate lots of private water wells.

The best way to recover quickly from flooding is to prepare long before the rains arrive. Make sure your sump pumps are in working order, and if you're in a particularly flood-prone area, get portable flood-cleanup pumps and generators on site well in advance of the need. Wells that have become contaminated will probably need shock chlorination, but a new ultraviolet disinfection system for small wells could be just the trick for ensuring health and safety in a time of need. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

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