by Walker County News Today staff
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering free testing of private water wells affected by flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Residents of Walker County are among those eligible for this free testing.
Walker County Extension Agent Reggie Lepley says that he expects to receive test collection bottles and materials in the very near future. Owners will need to deliver their water samples to the Walker County Extension office on November 6th. Lepley stresses that the samples must be taken 24-30 hours prior to delivery to the Tam Road location.
75 test kits have been allocated for Walker County. Free testing is limited to private domestic wells only (no commercial wells) and only one kit will be issued per household. Instructions for sample collection will be provided.
Test results will be mailed or emailed to homeowners and all results will be confidential. A&M will compile the test result data to study the impact of flooding on private wells.
The National Ground Water Association recommends that private well owners test their water at least annually for bacteria and nitrate. Additional texting is recommended at more frequent intervals for events such as flooding or if changes are noted in water quality. The NGWA even offers an app to help well owners remember to schedule routine testing.
Well owners with questions may contact the Walker County Extension Office with questions on water testing.