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Public Meetings Nitrates in Drinking Water

The state Health Department has several public meetings this month in southeast Minnesota to let owners of private wells know what’s being done to address concerns about nitrates in drinking water, which can cause possibly fatal Blue Baby Syndrome.

The department’s Tannie Eshenaur says community water systems are tested regularly, and any well drilled after 1974 was initially tested for nitrates, bacteria and arsenic, but after the well is completed, any further testing depends on the initiative of that private well owner.

There’s a public briefing Wednesday night from 5-8 pm at the Stewartville Community Center in Stewartville, Wednesday, June 26th from 4-8 pm in Rushford at the Rushford – Peterson Public School and Thursday, June 27th in Mazeppa. The Open house runs from 5 to 8 pm, presentation at 6 pm at the Mazeppa Community Center.

For those who cannot attend in person, a virtual meeting will take place on Thursday, June 20, from noon to 1:30 p.m. 

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