The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has recommended actions for private well owners and emphasizes the importance of properly constructing and maintaining wells. For more information on wells, well borings, and well management topics, visit the MDH Website;
Follow these basic steps to maintain your well and protect your drinking water:
Follow the Three Cs of Maintenance:
Have Your Well Water Tested
Test your well on a regular basis to ensure that it is safe for drinking. It is recommended that you use a certified testing laboratory. A list of certified laboratories can be found on the MDH Website; https://eldo.web.health.state.mn.us/public/accreditedlabs/labsearch.seam
Northern Minnesota has four certified labs: Detroit Lakes, Duluth, Grand Rapids and Virginia.
MDH recommends that you typically test for bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, and lead. However, testing needed may depend on where you live and the surrounding land use. MDH well specialists are available to answer your questions. You can contact the well MDH specialist for our area in Duluth at 218-302-6166.
Generally, procedures for well testing involve:
Constructing a New Water Supply Well:
See MDH’s Constructing a New Water-Supply Well page for general information on new well construction.
When planning installation of a new well, be aware of the required setback, or isolation, distances. For example, the well cannot be located within 50 feet of a septic system or privy, or within 35 feet of a lake, stream, pond or river. For more information on isolation distances from the MDH;
In Minnesota, all wells must be drilled, constructed, and tested in accordance with the requirements of Minnesota Statutes, chapter 103I, and Minnesota Rules, chapter 4725.
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