Thurston County Environmental Health Provides Free Water Testing for Flood Effected Wells

Those with flood effected wells can submit water samples for testing beginning Tuesday

Submitted by Thurston County

Thurston County Environmental Health will provide free water testing for flood effected wells beginning Tuesday, January 18. Testing consists of analyzing a water sample for the presence of E. Coli, an indicator that water may be contaminated flood water, animal waste, or sewage.

Beginning Tuesday, people can pick up special water sample bottles and instructions at several locations throughout Thurston County. Locations and instructions are available here. People who have questions about their water quality or testing procedures can call 360.867.2673.

What: Free Water Testing for Flood Effected Wells
Where: Pick up water sample bottles and instructions at Rochester Organization of Families, Rainier Town Hall, Tenino City Hall, Yelm Public Works, Public Health and Social Services, or Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse Complex.
When: Tuesday, January 18, 2022 through Thursday, January 27, 2022

Public Health and Social Services created a packet of information for safely returning to homes after a flood, available here. 

Follow Thurston County Emergency Management on social media for updates and safety and prevention information on Facebook and Twitter.

Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert) is the county’s official emergency alert system and can help keep you informed of hazardous conditions in your area, including specific hazards that require action – such as a boil water notice or evacuation order. You can learn more and sign up for TC Alert today. Those who sign up for TC Alert have the option to receive information on wireless device, by email, by landline telephone, or by all three.

Residents can receive specific notifications based on where they live, or what types of information they are interested in. Currently, subscribers can opt-in to river notifications as well as local alerts from public safety agencies warning of life-threatening events and emergencies.

Residents can also continue to monitor river levels here.

For more information on preparedness and having a grab and go kit, visit the Thurston County website. 

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