Thurston County Public Health Offering Free Water Testing for Residents Affected by Flooding


Thurston County residents who may have had their water wells affected by the historic flooding two weeks ago can test their water starting Tuesday through a program offered by Thurston County Environmental Health.

The free program will test for E. Coli, an indicator that water may be contaminated by flood water, animal waste or sewage.

“Beginning Tuesday, people can pick up special water sample bottles and instructions at several locations throughout Thurston County,” read a news release Saturday from Thurston County. Locations and instructions are available at People who have questions about their water quality or testing procedures can call 360-867-2673.

Bottles can be picked up at Rochester Organization of Families, Rainier City Hall, Tenino City Hall, the Yelm Public Works building, Thurston County Public Health and Social Services or at Building 1 at the Thurston County Courthouse Complex.