Manure storage areas can leach pathogens into the soil, wells, and other water sources. Wells are particularly susceptible to contamination if they are not capped or properly constructed. When assessing your farm's risk, factors to consider are well construction, presence of risks in well-recharge areas, presence of back-flow devices on all lines fed by the well, location of wells (uphill or downhill) from manure areas, likelihood of leaching, and presence of physical barriers that prevent contamination.
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