The Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District, Lower Platte South NRD and Midwest Laboratories, in cooperation with the Douglas County Health Department and Sarpy/Cass Health Department, will offer a limited number of well water quality tests to private homeowners affected by flooding.
The testing is free.
Laboratory testing will determine the presence and levels of total coliform, E.Coli and nitrates. Such testing should be performed on every individual domestic well that was impacted by flooding prior to use of the well as a drinking water source.
Each homeowner should obtain a sample bottle and testing instructions from the Douglas or Sarpy/Cass county health departments. Then, using an outdoor hydrant or faucet closest to the well, homeowners should runt he well for an hour or until the water is clear before taking the sample. Homeowners must deliver the sample bottle to Midwest Labs, 13611 B St. in Omaha, within 24 hours of taking the sample.
A well water quality sample bottle can be obtained from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the following locations:
• Sarpy/Cass Health Department, 701 Olson Drive, Suite 101, Papillion
• Louisville Senior Center, 423 Elm St., Louisville
• Waterloo Fire Department, 405 Seventh St., Waterloo
The free well testing is open to Washington County residents, including those around Arlington near the Elkhorn River.