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Updated County Well Index Online Launched

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has launched a new online interface for accessing information on wells and borings in Minnesota. Then new interface, known as the Minnesota Well Index (MWI), replaces the old County Well Index (CWI) Online and provides an updated and expanded Web application to improve well and boring information retrieval capabilities.

Just like CWI Online, MWI provides access to CWI which is a database that contains over 500,000 well and borings records in Minnesota. MWI now also provides access to well sealing records as well as other information maintained by MDH such as water chemistry and scanned records.

MWI was created as part of an effort to enhance the CWI with funding provided by state legislature through the Clean Water Fund. In addition to the development of MWI, the CWI database was updated, over 100,000 well records were entered or updated and another 90,000 additional records were scanned.

The next phase, currently underway, will provide a secure login for well contractors and others to submit notifications and permits, pay fees, and enter and manage records online. It is also the intent to make MWI more mobile device friendly.

For more information about MWI, please contact MDH's Well Management Section at 651 201-4600 or health.minnesotawellindex@state.mn.us.

Microbial Risk Assessment Project

Sampling has begun on a two year microbial risk assessment project sponsored by the MDH Health Risk Assessment Unit in partnership with the University of Minnesota. Sampling for a storm water collection system for irrigation is starting, and the University will also be studying a rainwater collection system for flushing toilets. The samples will be analyzed to characterize the microbial population in the water of the systems over time and under varying weather conditions, with a particular interest in human pathogen content. The goal is to provide a health risk context for water reuse in Minnesota.

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Updated Thursday, November 12, 2015 at 09:58AM