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*Well water wise week

May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

Do you know where your drinking water comes from?The Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services (CHES) Department, in cooperation with 16 municipalities and county agencies, is sponsoring the 18th annual “Well Water Wise” (3W) week promotion May 8-12, 2017 to encourage residents to check the safety of their private well water. For information on private well testing go to the Anoka County Environmental Services Well Water Testing webpage or call 763-422-7063.

County residents may pick up a well water test kit at participating city and township offices (listed below) or in the Environmental Services Unit, Suite 600 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Avenue in Anoka. Water samples can be submitted to the county’s Environmental Services Unit for analysis every Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon.

During 3W week, samples will be accepted Monday through Thursday (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.) and Friday (before noon). The well water testing kit includes details about water collection and submission. A laboratory fee of $30.00 will be charged for coliform bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen analysis.

Unlike public water utilities, private well water is not treated with chlorine to prevent bacteria growth. Simply looking at the appearance of drinking water is not a reliable indicator of whether it is safe to drink. An annual coliform bacteria test is a good way to ensure that your drinking water continues to be free of bacteria.

Nitrate-nitrogen occurs naturally in groundwater and wells at concentrations below one milligram per liter (mg/L). Nitrogen can seep into private wells from a variety of sources including septic systems, nitrogen fertilizers, animal feedlots, and landfills. The Minnesota Department of Health has established a Health Risk Limit (HRL) for nitrate-nitrogen at 10 mg/L. Levels above that point may pose an immediate risk to infants and pregnant women.

The testing of private wells used for drinking water is the responsibility of individual owners. There are an estimated 25,000 private wells in service throughout Anoka County. For information about testing well water for other contaminants (e.g. arsenic, fluoride, lead, etc.), call the Environmental Services Unit at 763-422-7063.

Well Water Wise Participating Communities and Agencies:

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Start:
May 8, 2017 @ 8:00 am
End:
May 12, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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Anoka County Environmental Services
Phone:
763-422-7063
Website:
http://www.anokacounty.us/554/Environmental-Health-Services
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