Thurston County Environmental Health will provide free water testing for flood-affected wells beginning Tuesday, Jan. 18.
Testing consists of analyzing a water sample for the presence of E. coli, an indicator that the water may be contaminated with flood water, animal waste, or sewage.
People can pick up water sample bottles and instructions at Rochester Organization of Families (ROOF), Rainier Town Hall, Tenino City Hall, Yelm Public Works, Public Health and Social Services, or Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse Complex.
The service will be offered until Thursday, Jan. 27.
People who have questions about their water quality or testing procedures can call 360-867-2673.
Public Health and Social Services also has created a packet of information for safely returning to homes after a flood, which is available on its website.
Follow Thurston County Emergency Management on social media for updates and safety and prevention information. Residents also can sign up for Thurston Community Alert (TC Alert), the county’s official emergency alert system at www.tcalert.org.