Dakota County is offering grants to residents on a first-come, first-serve basis to help pay the cost of sealing unused or abandoned wells on their properties.
Reimbursement varies based on the well construction. Reimbursements average $900 per well. Well owners will not be reimbursed more than the total invoiced amount.
Well sealing, which involves clearing debris from a well and filling it with grout, must be done by a contractor licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health. Well owners should not attempt to pull the well pump or seal the well on their own. Unused wells that aren’t properly sealed can contaminate groundwater — the source of drinking water for three out of four Minnesotans — and affect nearby drinking water wells.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit www.dakotacounty.us and search “well sealing grant” or call 952-891-7000.