More tainted wells in Washington Co. need filters

BAYPORT, Minn. (AP) — The state of Minnesota is acting to protect more residents of Washington County now considered at risk from a groundwater contaminant.

For years, residents of Baytown and West Lakeland townships, and a few in Bayport, have been living with wells tainted by trichloroethylene, or TCE. But now the level at which the cancer-linked contaminant is considered dangerous has been lowered.

With the new TCE standard, the Minnesota Department of Health is including a requirement that more filters be installed on private wells in the area that supply drinking water.

The Star Tribune ( reports dozens of wells in the three communities near the St. Croix River already are fitted with filters to strain out the chemical.

The new standard means about 115 more residents will be notified they need filters.


Information from: Star Tribune,

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