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news Brainerd, 56401
Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Well water testing advised

Pelican Lakes Association and Pelican Lakes Conservation Club (PLCC) are encouraging all area residents to have their well water tested this summer. Water testing instructions and kits will be available at PLCC farmer’s breakfasts in Breezy Point on May 10, June 14, July 12, and Aug. 9.

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Private wells should be tested every two or three years for safety. Chronic exposure to elevated nitrates may lead to cancer. Some areas of Pelican Lake are known to have dangerous levels of arsenic. Bacteria in a well can make people sick.

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’s staff will be available at Pelican Lakes Conservation Club pancake breakfasts this summer. They will provide you with a sterile bottle and instructions on how to take a proper sample. Bring the sample back to the breakfast or drop it off at AW Research Lab at the Brainerd airport. All water tests must be pre-paid at the time people pick up the sample kit.

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

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