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New financial assistance program can help private well owners


Area residents can tap into financial support for private well treatment and construction.

The Olmsted, Fillmore, Goodhue, Root River, and Wabasha soil and water conservation districts, along with Winona County, collaborated on a new “Tap In” initiative to improve drinking water quality throughout southeastern Minnesota.

Related funding through the Minnesota Department of Health’s Clean Water Fund will assist private well owners with nitrate contamination problems.

To qualify for the funding, applicants must have a water quality test report showing their nitrate contamination exceeds the state and federal health risk limit of 10 mg/L. The water quality test will be considered valid if the analysis was performed by a certified laboratory within the last three years.

The private water supply must be used as a source of potable drinking water for the residence to qualify for financial assistance.

Additional cost share is available for private well owners that meet financial hardship criteria.

To apply, go to https://www.olmstedcounty.gov/residents/soil-water-resources/water-resources and select the “Available Financial Assistance” tab under the “Private Wells and Groundwater” section.

Questions can be sent to Caitlin Brady at brady.caitlin@co.olmsted.mn.us



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