The Marshall County Health Department is offering free bacteriological water testing to anyone whose drinking water well was affected by the recent flooding in Marshall County. Flooding around a well can cause contamination of the ground water and the casing of the well. “It is important to remember to disinfect your well if your well has been affected by the recent flooding” said Christine Stinson, Administrator of the Marshall County Health Department. Floodwaters carry all sorts of bacteria and viruses that may cause illness to persons drinking, cooking with or bathing in well water that has been contaminated by floodwaters.
In order to test your well water you must obtain a water sample bottle and instruction packet. Before taking your water sample you must disinfect your well. Instructions for disinfecting you well are in the packet. This must be done at least 24 hours prior to the testing.
On the morning of March 20, bypass any water softener and pull your well water sample in accordance with the water sampling instructions. Return your sample bottle to the closest pick up site before 8:30 in the morning on March 20.
Marshall County residents can pick up and drop off well water sample kits at the County Health Department, 510 West Adams Street in Plymouth from 8:00AM-4:00PM. For more info call 574-935-8598
Town of Argos Clerk’s Office a 201 West Walnut Street in Argos from 7:30AM-4:00PM; Bremen Town Hall at 111 South Center Street from 8:00AM-5:00PM and the Tippecanoe Township Trustee’s Office 18331 State Road 331 on Mondays from 6:00PM-9:00PM 574-952-0693 (pick up SITE ONLY)