A limited number of free well water testing kits are being offered to private homeowners affected by the recent flooding through a partnership involving the Douglas County Health Department, the Sarpy-Cass Health Department, Midwest Labs, and the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District.
Anyone in Douglas County who suspects their private drinking water well may have been compromised by the flooding is asked to go to the Waterloo Fire Department at 405 South Seventh Street in Waterloo on Wednesday, March 27, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to pick up a free test kit. Sarpy County or Cass County residents can go to the Sarpy/Cass Health Department offices in Papillion or the Louisville Senior Center during the same hours for their test kits.
Test kits can be returned to the distribution sites the following day between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Waterloo, from 8 a.m. until noon at the Sarpy/Cass Health Department, or from 9-11 a.m. in Louisville. Those who can’t return their samples the next day will need to deliver them to Midwest Labs at 13611 B Street in Omaha within 24 hours of the sample being collected.
All test kits include detailed instructions on how and when to collect the samples as well as procedures for disinfecting the wells. Additional instructions and information are available by contacting the Douglas County Health Department at 402-444-7481 or the Sarpy/Cass Health Department at 402-339-4334.
Until the results of the testing are completed, everyone who gets their drinking water from a well should continue to use bottled water. Please be aware that if a contaminated well has been disinfected, it will require a second test to confirm the unhealthy elements have been removed.
This offer is made possible with the help of Midwest Laboratories and the Papio-Missouri NRD which have agreed to cover the testing costs.