Letter: Never take access to clean and safe water for granted

The following is a letter to the editor submitted to the newspaper by a reader. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press. To submit a letter, send it to or Echo Press, P.O. Box 549, Alexandria, MN 56308.

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To the editor:

Anyone who has watched much news this last year has seen stories about drought, diminishing rivers and aquifers, and our nation’s continuing battle against contaminants such as PFAS. The American public is coming to realize a truth that we in the water industry have known for a long-time: Access to clean and safe water is not a guarantee but something that must be fought for and never taken for granted.

That is why the Minnesota Water Well Association, The Ground water Foundation, and the National Ground Water Association will be joining hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National Ground Water Awareness Week March 5-11. National Ground Water Awareness Week, now in its 24th year, is an annual week of awareness, education, and advocacy focusing on one of the nation and state’s most precious resources.

For those Minnesota residents who rely on private water wells, we use this time every year to encourage you to test, tend, and treat your private water system. An annual inspection of your well and its water can not only save you thousands of dollars in potential damages but can also protect the health of your family.

To find a certified water well contractor in your area, you can visit:


Whether it’s writing a letter to your representative, educating children on the importance of ground water, or having your own water supply tested and treated, please remember to take time this week and help protect ground water in Minnesota!

Dave Schulenberg
Minnesota Water Well Association
Executive Director
St. Paul, MN

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