City of Benson’s drinking water is cleared by MDH for copper levels

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By Reed Anfinson
Swift County Monitor-News

By changing how it treats its water, the City of Benson has passed the Minnesota Department of Health’s test for copper in its drinking water.

The elevated copper levels were not in the water supply coming from the city’s wells, but rather came off the copper pipes in homes. It was the way in which the water was treated that causes small amounts of copper to slough off into the drinking water as it sat in the home pipes.

Benson has been testing 20 homes twice a year since 2014 for copper levels. By passing this most recent test, the testing will go down to 10 samples one a year, Public Works Director Dan Gens told the city council earlier this month. If those samples come back good as well, then testing will only have to be done once every few years...


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