The Winona County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), will be offering free water testing on Thursday, July 12, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Ag Service Center in Lewiston. This water testing clinic will ONLY be testing nitrates levels.
Nitrates are the most common contaminants in Minnesota’s groundwater, and in some areas of the state a significant number of wells have high nitrate levels. With that in mind, experts recommend that private well owners who get their drinking water from wells should test their water regularly.
To participate in the testing, homeowners are asked to bring at least one-half cup of water in preferably a clean plastic or clean glass container. To get a good sample, allow the tap to run 5 to 10 minutes before filling the container. Homeowners with distillation units, reverse osmosis or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples ‑ one before and one after the treatment process. This will determine if the system is working. Homeowners with just a water softener need to take one sample, either before or after the water passes through the water softener. Samples should be taken no more than 24 hours before the testing and must be kept refrigerated prior to testing.
For more information, contact Bree Maki at (507)523-2171 ext. 101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.