Health Dept. offering free well water tests after floods

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City-County Health Department is offering free tests for private wells that may have been contaminated after the recent floods.

The testing is available to anyone in the designated area who thinks flood water may have contaminated their well.

“We strongly encourage everyone in the flooded areas to have their well water tested,” OCCHD laboratory supervisor Brad Finkhouse said. “Flood waters could carry a variety of contaminants and it is important that people make sure their drinking water is safe.”

Water testing kits are available at the OCCHD at 921 N.E. 23rd St.

The laboratory is in room 105 and is open Monday-Thursday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To get accurate results, you must put your water to be tested in a sterile container provided by OCCHD.

Officials said you must collect 100 milliliters of water for the test and bring the sample to the lab within 24 hours of collection.

Results will be available 48 hours after you turn it in and you will be notified by phone with positive results.

For questions concerning water testing, contact the laboratory at (405) 425-4340.

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