For more information, contact:
Brian McManus (402) 471-4223
or Amanda Woita (402) 471-4243
brian.mcmanus@nebraska.gov
amanda.woita@nebraska.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 2019

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issued jointly from the
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Division of Public Health
Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

CONTACTS
Leah Bucco-White, Department of Health and Human Services, 402-471-9356
leah.bucco-white@nebraska.gov
Brian McManus, Department of Environmental Quality, 402-471-4223
brian.mcmanus@nebraska.gov

DHHS/DEQ Providing Free Water Testing April 9 and 10
for Private Well Owners Impacted by Flood


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:

NiobraraTuesday, April 9
Time: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Office of Environmental Protection
52948 Highway 12
Niobrara

Fullerton - Wednesday, April 10
Time:8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: OT Catering
329 Broadway Street
Fullerton

Here’s how it works:
  • Pick up a testing kit at the locations during the hours specified or from one of the local sites listed below ahead of time.
  • Follow the instructions and collect a water sample from the private well. Be sure to use the container that comes with the kit.
  • Bring the sample back before 5:00 PM to one of the locations during the day noted above to be eligible for free testing. Samples not brought to the locations will be subject to mailing and processing costs.
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.*

* This document contains links to non-NDEQ websites; these links will open in a new tab or window.