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Posted on October 17, 2017 at 7:07 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 10/16/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
No upcoming meetings or hearings.
Minnesota Annual Drinking Water Quality
I recently came across an article from the
Minnesota Department of Health about the 2016 drinking water testing results
from across Minnesota.
967 community water systems and thousands of noncommunity water systems. Noncommunity water systems could include
schools or businesses that have their own water supply like: rest stops, state
parks, resorts and any facility that doesn’t receive city water.
The state has a system as to how it tests the
drinking water quality and its frequency of testing. Not all water systems are tested
equally. The MN Department of Health has
certain things they are testing for and they include: pesticides and industrial
contaminants, bacterial contaminants, nitrate/nitrite, arsenic, radioactive
materials, inorganic chemicals, lead and copper.
break some of the report information down quickly. Over 64,000 tests were conducted in both
community and noncommunity systems for pesticides. Out of all those tests only one violation was
found and corrected. Bacterial contaminants
only had 3.2 percent that tested positive for bacteria, some of those were
municipal systems. Only one community
system had an issue with excessive nitrate/nitrite numbers. The water source well was diluted quickly
from another fresh water source and new water protection measures were taken to
protect this system from future issues.
Six community water systems were found with
excessive amounts of arsenic. These
levels were not reported to be dangerously high, and not to pose any health
risks to people. The rest of the
remaining categories (including lead and copper) for the most part tested
just fine. Nothing alarming was found.
drinking water test results are very much the same as the last few years; overall Minnesota has safe drinking water, and we continue to have confidence in our
drinking water. Protecting and maintaining
our drinking water is a responsibility that extends to every person because we
all drink water. We can better prepare
ourselves for future issues with spills, algal blooms, and other contaminants
by continuing and also expanding our efforts.
Education on water issues is the best way to prevent future incidents
and accidents. Education is not the only
way to better water quality; technology can also help. Investments in continued infrastructure are
important to keep up with changing treatment needs. Monitoring equipment for private wells and
continued education about stewardship of the land will help too.
reading on this subject, click to be redirected to the article.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 9 – October 13:
Please call with issues you observe on our
public drainage system, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county
and only two of us in the drainage department. We will do our absolute
best to service your issues and concerns as we receive them.
We require that all repairs to a county
drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage
office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist