Private water well owners whose wells flooded from the recent rains should assume their well water is contaminated until tested, according to Dr. Diane Boellstorff, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension water resource specialist, College Station. “You should not use water from a flooded well for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing your teeth or even bathing until you are satisfied it is not contaminated,” Boelstorff said. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Wharton County and Virginia Tech are offering FREE well water testing to private well users who were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Sample test kits are available for pickup. Sample COLLECTION AND RETURN will be on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Wharton County Extension Office. For more information please contact the Wharton County Extension Office at 979-532-3310.