Conservation Matters November 2017

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Additional free testing available for private water well owners affected by Hurricane Harvey

Additional free testing available for private water well owners affected by Hurricane Harvey

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and others are collaborating to offer another set of water testing opportunities for private well owners in areas affected by floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.

Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station, said well owners should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or even bathing until tested.

AgriLife Extension’s Texas Well Owner Network is collaborating with Rebuild Texas, Virginia Tech and others to provide free water testing for total coliform and E. coli in private water wells affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

“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 their local office from 8-11 a.m. on the designated collection date,” Boellstorff said.

AgriLife Extension office addresses for pickup, kit availability and remaining collection dates are:

  • Chambers County, 295 White Memorial Park Drive, Anahuac, 150 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 14.
  • Hardin County, 440 W. Monroe St., Kuontze, 75 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 9.
  • Harris County, 9449 Grant Road, Houston, Oct. 24, 200 sample kits available. Collection date Nov. 15.
  • Jasper County, 271 E. Lamar, Suite 101, Jasper, 50 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 9.
  • Liberty County, 501 Palmer St, Liberty, 75 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 14.
  • Newton County, 509 N. Main St., Newton, 75 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 9.
  • Orange County, 11745a Farm-to-Market Road 1442, Orange, 150 sample kits available. Collection date Nov. 9.
  • San Jacinto County, 11 Carrier Ave, Shepherd, 75 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 14.
  • Wharton County, 315 E. Milam St., Wharton, 120 sample kits available. Collection date is Nov. 28.

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