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Free Radon and Nitrate testing

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Radon is an odorless, colorless gas that is found in over half of Fillmore County homes. Radon is the number one cause of lung-cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in smokers. Testing your home for radon is easy, inexpensive, and only takes a couple of days. During February, you may pick up a free kit from one of the radon and nitrate testing clinics mentioned below. Otherwise, you may obtain a free kit by contacting Fillmore County Public Health at 507-765-3898 or stopping by their office located at 902 Houston Street, Preston, Minn.

Another environmental issue that can affect Fillmore County residents is the nitrate level found in their private drinking water wells. High nitrate levels are linked to causing Blue Baby Syndrome in infants. For the general population, high nitrate levels may indicate other problems with their water such as having an increased risk of drinking harmful bacteria. To have your water tested for nitrates, bring one cup of well water in a clean glass jar or plastic container, to one of the clinics listed below. Soil and Water Conservation District staff will be onsite to conduct nitrate testing and results will be provided in just minutes.

For radon testing and mitigation information call FCPH at 507-765-3898. Call SWCD at 507-765-3878 Extension 3 for info about nitrate and bacteria testing in water.

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