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, water resource specialist, College Station. Boellstorff said water from a flooded well should not be used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or even bathing until it is tested.
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.
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.
- 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.
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