My garden was covered with flood water. Is it alright to can the produce?
It depends on the source of the flood water. If the water contacted human waste, such as septic tanks or sewage lagoons, or animal waste, such as pasture, the garden will take about a month to become clean. Don't eat or preserve the food for that period. If the source was river water, it's alright to wash and can the food.
Source: Pennsylvania State University Workshop on Home Canning, May 1987.
Last update: Tuesday, May 05, 2009