Washoe County Health District providing free water test sample kits; program ends March 23

UPDATED 10:45 A.M. 3/20/17

The Washoe County Health District free water testing program will end Thursday, March 23, according to county officials.

Any North Valleys private well owner who wishes to have their well water tested for the presence of bacterial contamination must have their samples submitted to the Nevada State Laboratory by 3 p.m. Thursday, March 23.


The Washoe County Health District is providing free water testing kits for Lemmon Valley residents to test private wells for the presence of bacteria, according to county officials. The kits will be available at Thursday's Lemmon Valley community meeting at North Valleys High School at 6 p.m.

Starting Friday, March 10, residents impacted by flooding can pick up the free kits at Ranchers Feed and Supply on 60 E. Surge Street, at the corner of Surge Street and Lemmon Drive and at the command post at Lemmon Valley Drive and Pompe Way.

Each kit has directions on how to submit the sample for testing. That, officials say, includes mailing it to the state lab or dropping it off at 1660 N. Virginia St., near the University of Nevada, Reno and Fleischmann Planetarium & Science Center.

According to officials, residents only need to fill out the paperwork and submit the sample container to the lab. Washoe County Health District will notify residents of the results as they become available and will work with individual residents to treat or evaluate well conditions based on received results.

Washoe County and the North Valleys Incident Command Team are helping Lemmon Valley residents in the following ways:

  • Door-to-door property assessments continue. Community Emergency Response Team is conducting surveys and data entry to gather information.
  • Social Services Mobile Command Center at Pompe and Lemmon Drive is staffed and is available to meet with residents along with Washoe County Regional Animal Services.
  • Nevada Division of Forestry and Sheriff’s Office Inmate Crew continue sandbagging efforts, specifically near Tupelo.
  • New location for sand and sandbag pickup for public will be on Limber Pine and Lemmon Drive.
  • Crews are working near Patrician area to make contact with people to assess needs.

North Valleys Incident Command Team response by the Numbers

  • 150,000 sand bags
  • 66 metal signs
  • 489 cubic yards of road grindings for road stability
  • 1,600+ man hours
  • 80 linear feet of 8-inch PVC pipe
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