Whoever prayed for rain can pray for our bank accounts too, but to help you save some money now the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is offering free well testing for landowners who’s wells were submerged during the recent rains.

The bacteriological testing is for any private water wells in Stephens County.

The DEQ recommends that you not drink the water until you disinfect your well and sample analysis indicates that your well water is safe.

“Ordinary liquid laundry bleach may be used to disinfect a well,” the press release said. “Most liquid laundry bleach contains 8.25 percent chlorine as sodium hypochlorite. The label on the bleach container should show the concentration. Do not use scented or ‘splashless’ bleach, since these will contaminate the well.”

A chart for how much bleach to use for a 50 parts-per-million (ppm) solution using 8.25 percent sodium hypochlorite bleach is available at www.deq.state.ok.us/factsheets/ under “Disinfection of Individual Water Wells.”

For disinfection and sampling instructions and supplies, contact DEQ at (800) 522-0206. The free testing will be available until May 31, 2019.