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The 2014 Primary Election takes place on Tuesday, August 12.

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Free Nitrate Water Testing - At the Fair
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Homeowners who rely on private wells for their drinking water supply should test for nitrates on a regular basis.  Private well owners are encouraged to participate at the free nitrate testing clinic that will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday August 14th in the Round Barn at the Murray County Fair.

The clinic is sponsored by Murray County Water Resources. Nitrates are the most common contaminants in Minnesota’s groundwater, and a significant number of the state’s wells have high nitrate levels.


In order to participate in the testing, homeowners must bring at least one-half cup of water in either a Whirl-Pak plastic bag or a Ziploc-type bag.  In order to get a good sample, allow the water to run 5 to 10 minutes before filling the bag.  Homeowners with distillators, reverse osmosis or other nitrate removal systems should take two water samples ‑ one before and one after the treatment process.  This will determine if the nitrate removal system is working.  Homeowners with just a water softener need to take one sample, either before or after the water passes through the water softener. Only water from private wells will be tested.

Samples should be taken no more than 24 hours before the testing, and they must be refrigerated. Samples should be cool when arriving at the clinic.  To ensure accuracy, homeowners should mark the bags with their name, phone number and a well identification number if more than one well is sampled.

Homeowners may remain anonymous.  In that case, they should simply choose another easily recognized number to put on the well samples.  It is not necessary to provide information about the well or well location.

Samples are analyzed on the spot ‑ the process usually takes less than five minutes ‑ and results are given directly to the homeowner.  If the nitrate level in a sample is elevated, clinic staff can refer the homeowner to certified labs that will retest the water.  For more information on the clinic, contact the Murray County Water Resources Administrator, Chris Hansen, at 507-836-1165.

Murray County is a GOOD Place to Live

According to a study published by the New York Times, in a composite ranking of where Americans are healthy and wealthy, or struggling, Murray County ranks in the top 12% (353 of 3135) of GOOD places to live! Check out the interactive map and read more here.

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