Test water at free clinics

Free water testing clinics will be offered Thursday, May 31 at the Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District Office in the Maple Ridge Mall next to the Dairy Queen and on June 7th at the Mille Lacs County North Public Works Building at 6812 State Highway 27 in Wahkon.

Drop your water sample off at the testing sites between 3 and 7 p.m. Samples will be run during the clinic. You can be there to watch the sample analysis and receive the results immediately or we will mail the results to you following the fair. Everything is confidential.

How do I take a Sample?
1. Run the water for three minutes before taking the sample.

2. Use a permanent marker to label any type of plastic baggie or Ziplock™ bag with your name. If you want to remain anonymous, label the bag with a number or a code you will easily remember. A clean glass jar can also be used if a plastic bag is not available. If you have more than one sample, add an identifier.

3. Collect the water in a baggie or jar only 1/2 cup is needed. Do this within 24 hours of arriving at the water testing clinic, and keep it refrigerated until you leave for the clinic. The water sample should be cool upon arrival.

4. If you have water treatment equipment installed (other than a softener), we recommend taking a sample “before” and “after” to determine if your system is working properly.

For the full story, see the Thursday, May 17 print edition of the Times.