National grant improves well water quality

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MASON CITY, Iowa – A national grant is looking to help improve the drinking water quality in Cerro Gordo County.

The money was presented by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and it will go toward improvements on unregulated drinking water systems or private wells.

The Health Department is now gathering data to help determine what water wells may be at risk for high levels of Arsenic.

Local health officials say it will help them better understand any issues with the local water.

“We have about 3,600 private water supplies in Cerro Gordo county. We only have testing data for about 1900 of those. So it’s that other percentage that haven’t tested that really we’re gonna try aggressively get education out to,” said Erik Gustafson, with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.

The Health Department is also launching a website that gives the public access to information on the quality of drinking water in specific areas.

“We’re going to try to get the message of safe water out to people and we’re gonna try to use the money with this grant to get education out to those folks that haven’t tested before,” said Gustafson.

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