Manitoba Water Systems and Spring Flooding
Water System Owners and Operators are reminded to be extra vigilant and plan for sandbagging wells, pump houses and water treatment plants well in advance of spring flooding.
Water supplies with historic flood advisories should contact their regional Drinking Water Officers in advance of water topping wells, entering pump houses or treatment plants so an advisory can be issued and the public duly notified in advance of the emergency. Water systems in areas with historic flooding should consider installing a snorkel device or other type of well cap that can prevent flood water from enter the well.
If your well has been topped and once the flood water recedes there are steps the water supplier must take to protect your well and the public. Well remediation will be similar to the information for the private wells at https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/spring_outlook/after_flood_booklet.pdf. Where flood water has encroached on wells, pump houses or plants, you are reminded of your regulatory obligation to contact your regional Drinking Water Officer during normal business hours or the ERT afterhours line at 204-944-4888.
The latest flood information can be found at www.gov.mb.ca/flooding/.