When building or purchasing property that has, or will have a well, you may want to have the water tested. The 3 water tests most frequently done are coliforms, nitrates and arsenic. Coliforms and nitrates may indicate a problem with the location of the well. Arsenic is a known carcinogen and a naturally occurring element in many of the wells in McLeod County. There are water treatment systems available to remove arsenic from the water. The EPA arsenic standard for safe drinking water is 10 parts per billion (ppb). Nitrates need to be below 10 parts per million (ppm). Coliform should not be present in drinking water which is a 0 CFU/100 ML. More information can be obtained from Environmental Services, Public Health and Zoning Offices in the County.
For questions please contact either Ryan Freitag at (320) 864-1214 or Jennifer Hauser, McLeod County Public Health Agency Coordinator at (320) 864-1373
Maps with 2000 to 2007 results are available below. Please note: The symbols used on these maps do not represent a distance from the well location but instead represent the intensity of the test result.
2000 through 2007 Arsenic Map
2007 Arsenic Map
2007 Coliform Map