Arsenic a Concern in Brainerd Lakes Area Well Water
If you’ve been watching the local news over the past few months you have probably heard something about the risk of arsenic in your well water. Our lab has been compiling the arsenic levels for wells in the Brainerd Lakes Area from samples that we’ve received over the past few months. We’ve recently been working with the Pelican Lakes Association and the Pelican Lake Conservation Club to compile well sampling information around Pelican Lake. We’ve seen some interesting trends with arsenic popping up in high concentrations in several areas including Brainerd, Baxter, Nisswa, Breezy Point, and Merrifield. Take a look at our most recent map of the area to see what we’ve found.
Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in groundwater and can be found just about anywhere in Minnesota. It can occur in pockets where several wells have elevated levels, or can be more sporadic with high levels found next door to very low levels. Long term consumption of arsenic in drinking water can cause serious health problems including an increased risk of certain types of cancer. Arsenic has no taste or odor and can vary greatly from one well to the next, so it’s important to have your well tested. The Minnesota Department of Health estimates that around 10% of Minnesota wells contain arsenic concentrations above the health limit of 10 ppb.
We are offering arsenic testing at a discounted rate of $20.00 (regular price is $26.00) for anyone in the Brainerd Lakes Area who would like to be a part of our study. Sampling kits can be picked up at our office, or please call us at 218-829-7974 to have a kit mailed.
Click here for more information about arsenic in drinking water or call our office at 218-829-7974.