Residents urged to test well water
Anoka County residents who rely on private wells are urged to test the safety of their water supply.
The county and participating cities and townships are sponsoring the 15th annual “Well Water Wise” (3W) event.
County residents may pick up a well-water test kit at participating city and township offices or at the Environmental Services Unit, Suite 360 of the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 3rd Av., Anoka.
Water samples can be submitted to the county’s Environmental Services Unit for analysis every Monday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to noon.
During 3W week, May 5-9, samples can be submitted from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.
The testing kit includes details about water collection and submission. A laboratory fee of $30 will be charged for coliform-bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen analysis. The lab can also provide analyses for arsenic, lead, fluoride, iron, chloride and total hardness.
The testing of private wells used for drinking water is the responsibility of individual owners. There are an estimated 25,000 private wells in service throughout Anoka County. Annual testing is recommended.
Participating cities, townships and agencies are: Andover, Bethel, Blaine, Centerville, Columbus, East Bethel, Ham Lake, Lino Lakes, Linwood Township, Nowthen, Oak Grove, Ramsey, St. Francis and Anoka Conservation District.
For more information about well-water testing, call the Environmental Services Unit at 763-422-7063.
Recycling drop-off is set for Saturday
Spring recycling drop-off day for the city of Anoka is Saturday, April 26. Residents can bring recyclables to the city’s Public Services Facility at 501 Pierce St. between 8 a.m. and noon.
Accepted items include clothing, household appliances, bicycles, batteries, cellphones, scrap metal and other materials. The city will take car seats, TVs, mattresses and tires for a fee.
For further information, call 763-576-2725.
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