Free well-water testing offered in Victoria CountyFree well-water testing offered in Victoria Countyhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=177292017-09-12T05:00:00Z2017-09-12T16:00:00Z

​​VICTORIA – ​AgriLife Extension, Virginia Tech, and the Rural Community Assistance Program are offering free well-water testing to private well users who were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Area residents can pick up water sampling test kits at the temporary office of AgriLife Extension in Victoria County at 259 Bachelor Dr. Instructions will be included with the kits. Well owners must pick up the kit, take the sample, and return it to the office on Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.​

Kits are limited and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. ​Water quality results will be confidential and will be emailed or mailed to residents’ homes.

Private water-well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume their well water is contaminated until tested, according to Dr. Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service water resource specialist, College Station.

“You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth, or even bathing until you are satisfied it is not contaminated,” Boellstorff said.​

To learn about well decontamination, read ​Decontaminating Flooded Water Wells and Shock Chlorination of Wells.

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