Health Dept. Reminds Minnesotans to Test Well Water

Updated: 03/14/2013 10:43 PM KSTP.com By: Joy Lim Nakrin

With more wells being drilled in the state, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is reminding you to test your water.

More than one million Minnesotans get their drinking water from private wells, and that number is growing.

According to MDH Well Management specialist Michael Convery more than 5,000 new private wells were constructed in 2012, which is a 10% increase over the year before. He explains that the rates parallel home construction, which has been rebounding.

Convery says 10% of Minnesota's private wells have higher than acceptable levels of arsenic, and 25% are contaminated with bacteria. He adds "arsenic does affect a number of body organs and body systems, so you're looking at skin cancer, bladder cancer and cardiovascular problems."

Convery says basic tests should be performed each year.