Drinking water testing available Jan. 13 in Preston

A free well water screening clinic will be held Saturday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fillmore Central Elementary School in Preston, Minn. Free nitrate and chloride screenings will be offered onsite, with results available in 15 minutes. The event is hosted by The Land Stewardship Project, Responsible Ag in Karst Country and the Minnesota Well Owners Organization.

Water experts and well-owners will be available for one-on-one discussion regarding results or questions while test results are processed. This consultation is free and confidential. If further testing is advised, a voucher for a free certified test will be provided.

Water collection

Participants are encouraged to collect at least one cup of water in a clean (preferably glass) container or new plastic baggie from the tap where they usually drink. If they have a water treatment system, take two samples: one from untreated water and one from the sink. Take the samples within 24 hours of arriving at the clinic.

If the drinking water has an unusual taste, smell or color, participants may choose to bring pictures of their well and any information available about the well construction. 

Fillmore Central Elementary School, Door 1, is located at 702 Chatfield Ave. NW, Preston. For more information, e-mail eminge@landstewardshipproject.org or contact Responsible Ag in Karst Country at responsibleaginkarstcountry@gmail.com. 

This clinic is a follow-up to November’s Water Quality Forum in Lanesboro, Minn. 

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