A property owner within the city of Pequot Lakes located an old, abandoned well on his property. This well was within 400 feet of the city wells.
Due to the proximity of the well to the city wells and city efforts to protect the community water supply, Dawn Bittner, Pequot Lakes zoning administrator, applied for a grant offered through the Minnesota Department of Health under the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment to help the property owner defray some of the costs of sealing the well.
Wells that are not properly maintained and in use can provide a direct pathway for contaminants on the land surface to enter the groundwater aquifer and the drinking water supply. The City’s Wellhead Protection Plan recognizes the need for sealing abandoned or unused wells to protect the city drinking water supply.
“It is important that the public understand the importance of sealing wells that are not in use or abandoned so that they do not impact the city water supply wells or potentially their own well or the neighbors well. Abandoned or unused wells need to be sealed by a licensed well driller as required by the state well code so the work is done properly and paperwork is filed that the work has been completed,” Bittner said.
If you have a well that has been abandoned or no longer in use that needs to be sealed in the city of Pequot Lakes, contact Dawn Bittner, wellhead protection manager, at 218-568-6699 for more information. Or contact the Minnesota Department of Health well management staff at 218-302-6166 for more information on sealing wells.