Groundwater Awareness Week

MASON CITY, Iowa – Much of the state uses well water and this week is the perfect time to get your water checked.

It’s Groundwater Awareness Week.

It helps to motivate well-water users to test their water at least once a year. Private wells are not regulated after they’ve been installed leaving room for harmful contaminants such as bacteria, nitrates and arsenic.

Since these contaminants are also odorless, colorless and tasteless, local experts say it’s better to be on the safe side.

“Here in North Iowa it’s very close to hundred percent of people use groundwater so that’s why we really think groundwater awareness week is important and we like to make sure that everybody knows how to keep their water safe,” said Sophia Walsh with the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health.

More than 82 percent of Iowa’s population relies on well water as their primary source.

“Right now for this groundwater awareness week were focusing on those folks who haven’t tested before. So anyone who hasn’t had their well tested before, we recommend giving the county health department a call and we can set you up with a water test,” said Walsh.

If you’re interested in testing your private well, contact your local public health agency for more information.

In Cerro Gordo County, please contact Sophia Walsh at 641-421-9318 or arsenic@cghealth.com.

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