Rice County Residents Can Still Cash in on Well-Sealing Cost Share Funds From the State

Residents of Rice County with water wells on their property are eligible for financial assistance to seal-off old, unused, or abandoned wells. The funds are available via the State of Minnesota Clean Water Legacy Act. You must act swiftly as the act expires December 31, 2016. As of this publication date, no funding is set to be available for 2017.

The Rice County Targeted Well Sealing Cost-Share Program allows property owners who apply before the sealing of their well occurs to be reimbursed up to 50% of the licensed contractor cost with a $1000 ceiling. The well must occupy real property within the county, including those which lay within city limits. There will be no reimbursement retroactive to work that has already been completed. In order to obtain funds, which are allotted on a first come, first serve basis, the approved project must bear a completion date no later than December 31, 2016.

Hartman Well Drilling, 86 year veterans as licensed contractors in all things water well, can more than handle the well sealing on your Rice County property for you, once you secure your funds. Unsealed wells pose a widespread health hazard for contamination, which will in turn pollute the groundwater and ultimately the aquifer, the geologic formations underground which contain the primary source of drinking water for Rice County. Wooden board or concrete-sealed wells with concrete do not tend to do an adequate job in serving as a sealant. In possession of the experience and the equipment, Hartmann Well Drilling can seal your well according to the laws set forth by the state of Minnesota.

The well drilling services provided by Hartmann Well Drilling also include removal of any debris or remaining pumping equipment that lay within. Once anything within is removed a special blend of grout mixture will fill the well, properly sealing it off.

Further information and application materials can be found under the “Hot Topics” banner at: www.co.rice.mn.us/departments/planning-zoning. Interested parties may also contact Rice County Environmental Services at 507-332-6113 or by email at rcplanningzoning@co.rice.mn.us.

For more information on well sealing in Rice County and the other services provided by Hartmann Well Drilling, call us up at 952-758-2202 or get a Free Estimate.

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