Residents concerned about water and wells after earthquakes


PLAINFIELD, Conn. (WTNH)– Health officials say folks may want to pay closer attention to what is coming out of their faucets.

At Mr. Z’s in Plainfield the water has been fine so far.

“You don’t taste anything funny or anything like that yet?” we asked.

image2 Residents concerned about water and wells after earthquakes“Nothing out of the normal, no,” said owner Nicholas Zarokostas.

He says the restaurant is on the town water system. Those with private wells are encouraged to make sure there is no odd odor or taste with their water.

“I think we all should be thinking about that, and right now I was thinking I don’t have insurance on that,” said Lynn Skovel.

“Any shallow foundations, wells, pipes could be cracked,” said Dickson Cunningham, a geology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University.

He says folks shouldn’t be alarmed by these relatively small earthquakes, and says pipes and wells are not more susceptible to damage just because they’re underground.

“Some of the earthquake damage is caused by what is called surface waves, which hug the surface, so there’s not necessarily more damage as you go down,” said Cunningham.

The earthquakes in Plainfield have been small but plentiful. Thursday’s wake up call came at 4:40 a.m.

“I just was like in a dead sleep and then I just sat straight up and I was like ‘oh my god what was that,'” said Skovel.

So far there has been no reported damage to water or gas lines in town.

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