Concerned about drinking water contamination?

Southeast Minnesota landscape is unique. From karst topography, agricultural areas, bluffland areas, and how the geologic layers dictate the speed and direction of water moving from our surface through the soils and rock beneath. Due to these conditions, private landowners throughout the region ma

What are the drinking water standards?

What can be done to ensure your drinking water meets safe standards?

What can I do if my well comes back contaminated?

What financial assistance is there, if any?

Private well owners are responsible for the safety of their own drinking water. They are not held to the National Primary Drinking Water Standards set by the federal government which apply to public water systems. These standards were developed to protect the public health by limiting contaminants in the water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for nitrate in drinking water is 10 ppm (parts per million). Drinking water with levels of nitrate at or below 10 ppm meets contamination standards.

Regular testing and following the safe drinking water standards is recommended so you, your family, and your pets have safe water to drink. Here are the recommended test frequencies for five common contaminants in Minnesota’s well water.

What happens if your well comes back with high levels of a contaminant? Financial assistance may be available to private well owners with demonstrated nitrate contamination problems. Funding can be used for the following items.

· Well repair or reconstruction.

· Well water treatment equipment and installation.

· Construction of a new well.

Please review and fill out the “Safe Drinking Water Grant” application and read through the instructions found below.

Safe Drinking Water Grant Application_Goodhue SWCD
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Questions, please contact Chad Hildebrand (Natural Resource Specialist) with Goodhue County SWCD at or call the office at (651) 923-5286.

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