Our mission is to protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, & community efforts. We are pleased to provide you with more information on the many ways we serve the community. As you browse our website, please remember that public health is much more than the services we provide at the health department. Public health is influenced by everyone in the community, so it is important that we all work together to make Liberty County a healthier place. Our health department is dedicated to providing the expertise and resources necessary to improve the county's health, but we need your commitment to make a Healthy Liberty County!
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The Florida Department of Health in Liberty County (DOH-Liberty) advises private well owners affected by flood waters to take precautions against disease-causing organisms that may make water unsafe to drink. DOH-Liberty recommends any of the following strategies to ensure the safety of water used in the household if your well has been contaminated by flood water.
• Boil water before use, holding it at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it for drinking, brushing teeth, washing food, cooking, or washing dishes.
• Disinfect water by adding 8 drops (about 1 tsp.) of plain, unscented household bleach (4 to 6 percent active ingredient) per gallon of water, and then let it stand for 30 minutes. If the water is cloudy after 30 minutes, repeat the procedure once. Use a container that has a cap or cover for disinfecting and storing water to be used for drinking. This will prevent contamination.
• Use bottled water, especially for mixing baby formula. After the flooding subsides, have your well water tested at a laboratory certified by the state to perform a drinking water analysis for coliform bacteria. If your well water result is positive for coliform bacteria, you can disinfect your well following the procedures found at http://www.myfloridaeh.com/water/privatewells.html. Or you may contact your local environmental health office at 643-2415 for assistance.