CONTACTS Leah Bucco-White, Department of Health and Human Services, (402) firstname.lastname@example.org
Brian McManus, Department of Environmental Quality, (402) email@example.com
Lincoln – The Nebraska Department Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) are offering free testing for total coliform and E.coli for samples submitted by private well owners during the collection events listed below. In addition, information about septic systems and disposal of solid wastes will also be available.
Recent flood conditions can pose threats to the quality of private water supplies. Flooded private water wells or wells suspected of being impacted by flooding should be tested to ensure that they are safe. Cloudiness or a change in taste or smell are signs of possible contamination. However, if there is any indication that the water supply has been breached by flood waters, even without noticeable changes in taste or smell, residents are encouraged to test their well water. Residents with wells inundated in flood water are also advised to contact their local water well professional to shock treat their well or follow well treatment guidance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at https://flood.unl.edu/ followed up by testing.
Private water well testing locations and times:
Niobrara – Tuesday, April 9Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PMLocation: Office of Environmental Protection52948 Highway 12Niobrara
Fullerton - Wednesday, April 10Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMLocation: OT Catering329 Broadway StreetFullerton
Here's how it works:
Sample kits for the Fullerton event can be picked up ahead of time at East Central District Health Department, 4321 41St Avenue in Columbus.
Nebraskans can also request kits from the Nebraska Public Health Environmental Laboratory to test for coliform bacteria. The kit is free. The cost to run the test is $17.00. Order kits online at http://www.nebraska.gov/dhhs/water-test-kits/private.html or by calling (402) 471-3935 between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.
More helpful information is available for private well owners on the DHHS flooding resources page - http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/flooding.