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Private Well Information

The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, in an effort to aid those impacted by the flood, extended private well sample drop-off hours and established remote sample drop-off locations during the month of October 2015. Remote and DHEC sample drop-off locations will continue to accept private well samples until noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.

After noon on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, remote sample drop-off locations will no longer be accepting private well samples. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, no samples will be accepted at any location Nov. 25-Nov. 29, 2015. Normal drop off times, locations, and test fees will resume after Nov. 30, 2015.

Starting Nov. 30, 2015, private well water samples will continue to be accepted at over 60 DHEC locations across the state.  Drop off locations include the DHEC Laboratory (8231 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223), local Health Departments, and local Environmental Quality Control offices. The $20 coliform test fee will be charged for all samples submitted after Nov. 30, 2015. Visit for local DHEC office contact information.

Private Well Sample Holiday Drop-off Dates and Times

Thanksgiving Week

Nov. 23, 2015 - Nov 24, 2015



8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - noon

**Samples will not be accepted after noon on Nov. 24, 2015**

Normal Sample Drop-off Hours

Monday - Wednesday
8:30 a.m.  - 5 p.m.

**The Columbia 2600 Bull Street office does not accept samples after 2 p.m. on Wednesdays**

Christmas and New Year's Weeks

Contact your local Environmental Quality Control Office for sample drop off times.

If you have a private well that was flooded (water entered the well from the surface of the ground) during the recent flooding event in South Carolina, your well water could be contaminated. To ensure your private well water is safe to drink, you can have it tested for coliform bacteria. You must disinfect your well and wait 7-10 days before you collect a sample. Disinfection instructions can be found on our website.

If your well was not flooded, the water quality will be the same as before the flood. It is recommended that all private wells be sampled for coliform bacteria on a routine basis. For more information, please visit: