Source: AgriLife Today
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer multiple well-water testing opportunities after Hurricane Harvey left potential contamination in its wake.
Residents who have private water wells in the area affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey should assume their water is contaminated and have it tested, said Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station.
Residents can pick up a free water sampling test kit from their local AgriLife Extension office or other designated location, but must be able to return the sample to the AgriLife Extension office from 8-11 a.m. on the designated collection date.
Instructions are included with the kits and only one sample kit will be provided per household. There are a limited number of kits, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
The sample kit pick-up locations, start dates for obtaining kits and collection dates are as follows:
- Jefferson County: AgriLife Extension office, 1225 Pearl St., Suite 200, Beaumont. Kits available starting Sept. 14. Collection date is Sept. 25.
- Victoria County: AgriLife Extension office, 528 Waco Circle, Victoria. Kits available starting Sept. 15. Collection date Sept. 21.
- Hardin and Orange counties: AgriLife Extension office, 440 W. Monroe St., Kountze. Kits available starting Sept. 15. Collection date is Sept. 27.
- Wharton County: AgriLife Extension office, 315 E. Milam St., Suite 212, Wharton. Kits available starting Sept. 14. Collection date Sept. 18.
- Liberty County: Kits available Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m.-noon at the Disaster Assistance Workshop, Raywood Livestock Market, 14810 U.S. Highway 90 E. in Raywood. Kits also available at the AgriLife Extension office, 501 Palmer Ave. in Liberty, on Sept. 18-19. Collection at the AgriLife Extension office on Sept. 20.
- Colorado County: AgriLife Extension office, 316 Spring St., Columbus. Kits available starting Sept. 18. Collection date is Sept. 21.
- Chambers County: AgriLife Extension office, 295 White Memorial Park Road, Anahuac. Kits available starting Sept. 20. Collection date is Sept 27.
The test kits are being distributed in these locations, but any homeowner with a private water well in the flood-affected area is eligible to have well water tested. The samples will be analyzed for coliform bacteria by Virginia Tech. Water quality results will be confidential and will be emailed or mailed to residents’ homes.