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Well water testing offered

Pelican Lakes Association and Pelican Lakes Conservation Club (PLCC) are encouraging all area residents to have their well water tested this summer. Some wells around Pelican Lake have been found to have dangerous levels of arsenic, which can lead to chronic disease.

Water testing instructions and kits will be available at PLCC farmer's breakfasts in Breezy Point on Aug. 9. Private wells should be tested every two or three years for safety.

AW Research is offering a reduced rate for Pelican Lakes area residents this year. The firm will test well water for $48 for nitrates, arsenic and bacteria. The firm will provide a sterile bottle and instructions on how to take a proper sample. Return the water samples to AW Research Lab at the Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport.

All water tests must be pre-paid at the time home owners pick up the sample kit.

AW Research will mail results back and provide advice on any action that well owners may need to take if their well is not safe. In many cases, installing an osmosis water filter may help.

The Pelican Lakes Conservation Club is located one mile south of the Breezy Point gate on Highway 4. Breakfast is served the second Saturday of each month.