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Monday, September 8, 2014

Dakota County offering first-come, first-serve grants for well sealing to successful applicants

Dakota County is offering grants to its residents on a first-come, first-serve basis to help them pay the cost of sealing unused or abandoned wells on their property.

 

Successful grant applicants will receive 50 percent of the total well sealing cost or up to $2,000, whichever is lower.

 

Well sealing, which involves clearing debris from a well and filling it with grout, must be done by a Minnesota Department of Health-licensed well contractor. Well owners should not attempt to pull the well pump or seal the well on their own. Unused wells that aren't properly sealed can contaminate groundwater — the source of drinking water for three out of four Minnesotans — and affect nearby drinking water wells.

 

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search well sealing grant or call 952-891-7000. Completed applications must include bids from two different licensed well contractors.

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