Walla Walla County to shutter drinking water lab

The city lab will accept samples beginning in September.

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla County Public Health Department will close its drinking water lab Aug. 31. Testing for coliform bacteria and nitrates will still be performed up until that date.

Health officials are encouraging public water systems personnel and private well owners to submit water samples for analysis early this month to ensure adequate time for retesting if contamination is discovered.

On Sept. 6, the city will begin accepting drinking water samples for coliform bacteria and nitrate analyses at its state-accredited drinking water lab at 581 Mill Creek Road.

For more information on submitting samples there, call 522-3775.

"Walla Walla County Health Department will continue to work closely with individual well owners, public water system operators, and the Washington state Department of Health on water system problems, protecting the health of our community," said Barry Jenkins, the county's director of environmental health department.

For more information call 524-2662. Other state-accredited laboratories for drinking water analysis can be found at www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/eap/labs/search.html.

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