As the flood waters receded, it is important to think about drinking water safety. It is common for private wells to be immersed with flood waters, which can commonly contain high levels of bacteria. These microbes can cause short-term health effects such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches or other symptoms. Infants and young children, some of the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems may be more susceptible.

Until your water has been tested negative for bacteria, it is recommended for those with private wells to boil water at a vigorous boil for one minute prior to use. For more information, click here:

The Middle Niobrara NRD in Valentine can test for both nitrates and coliform bacteria. Sample bottles can be picked up now, and once filled, must be returned within two-four hours on the testing day, which is Wednesday, April 10th from 1 – 5 pm at the Cherry County MNNRD office on Highway 20 in Valentine. Please contact the MNNRD for testing collection procedures and if you have any questions: 402-376-3241.

The Brown County Extension office is collecting samples today, Tuesday, April 2nd  from 8:30 a.m. until noon and between 1 and 4:30 p.m. Those picking up a bottle will be given a date and a time to return Anyone with questions in that area may contact the BKR Extension office at 402-387-2213.