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Real Estate Professionals as Well Partners
Real estate professionals are important partners in helping ensure that people who get their drinking water from a private well have safe water. Disclosing the location, number, and status of wells at property transfer is required by law and is an important step to protect clients’ health. However, there is more real estate professionals can do to further support their clients. They can gather well information, encourage well inspection and testing, get to know local licensed well contractors, alert clients to local groundwater concerns, and share educational materials about private wells.
Be a Well Savvy Real Estate Professional course
The purpose of the training is to make real estate professionals “well-savvy”. A well-savvy realtor can guide their clients through the legal requirements for private wells during property transfer, find necessary well records, navigate potential well-related issues clients may encounter, and inform clients on what they need to do to ensure safe drinking water. This course offers two hours of real estate license continuing education credits.
Access this course
- Go to Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Learning Center.
- Click the “Start Here for Login Screen” link.
- Either create an account or sign into an existing account.
- Click on the magnifying glass in the top right corner of the screen.
- Search for Be a Well Savvy Real Estate Professional.
- Click on “Click to Enroll”.
- Begin taking the course. You can come back to the course at anytime however you must complete all modules and the final exam to receive CEUs.
MDH Learning Center
- Each certified representative must have an individual account.
- New users must create a username and password. Once your account is created, use this same account for all future training sessions. Users may enroll in the MDH Learning Center online courses any time.
- Returning users may enroll in online courses or will be automatically enrolled when new MDH-presented courses are available. Account users may view their progress, MDH learning history, or download/print course certificates at any time.
Below are resources that may be helpful to you as a real estate professional when searching for information for your clients or promoting private well health and water testing.
Clients can inspect wellheads or hire a licensed well contractor. Buyers or sellers can test for coliform bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, lead, and manganese. Testing is easy, costs around $150, and there can be low-cost fixes.
Guidance for inspections and testing is below.
There could be additional contaminants of concern for wells in specific areas of the state. Some jurisdictions may have additional well testing requirements. Be sure to contact the Delegated Well Programs, local health departments, and Minnesota Department of Health.
Ways to link to, print, and share educational materials are below.
Order free brochures online.
Print MDH brochures below.
- Owner’s Guide to Wells: Well owner’s responsibilities for testing, inspecting, protecting and sealing (PDF)
- Well Water and Your Baby: Testing well water when there is a baby in the home.
- Water Quality/Well Testing/Well Disinfection
Watch MDH well videos.
- Go to YouTube.
- Search for and click on mnhealth.
- Click on Playlists.
- Go to the Drinking Water Protection playlist to find videos including: "How to Inspect Your Private Well", "How to Protect Your Well from Flooding", "How to Seal an Unused Well", and "How to Test Your Well Water".
The following webpages and documents have resources related to well disclosures.