YKHC to offer free water sampling Apr. 24-27

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The YKHC Office of Environmental Health & Engineering (OEHE) water lab routinely tests water for total coliform and E. coli bacteria.

From April 24 to 27, the YKHC water lab will be testing water samples, from Bethel homes with water tanks, at no cost to customers ($50 value). Water sample results will be communicated to customers by phone and e-mail or letter within two days. Potable water delivered by City of Bethel water trucks is tested regularly and is in compliance with State and Federal guidelines for bacteria.

In addition to informing residents about the cleanliness of their water tanks, the results will help YKHC’s OEHE better understand how treated water ages in residential storage tanks. If traces of total coliform & E. coli bacteria are found in the water samples, OEHE will offer education and best practices for how a resident can clean their tank.

To participate in this limited time, free event, pick up a water sample kit (including instructions on how to take the sample) from the YKHC water lab (suite 223 of the YKHC Community Health Services Building, CHSB). Samples must be received within 24 hours of collection. Samples will be accepted April 24-27, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Residents seeking more information about this event can contact the YKHC Office of Environmental Health & Engineering water lab at 543-6420.