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What’s in the water?: A look at the city’s drinking water

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Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story examining Perham’s water. This article focuses on nitrate levels in the drinking water, while the second part of the story, to be published in next week’s Focus, will look at groundwater levels.


Perham’s drinking water is safe, but vulnerable to contamination and prone to high nitrate levels.

The city was listed as one of 16 “groundwater areas of concern” in a new report by the Freshwater Society of Minnesota.

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Marie Johnson
Marie Johnson (formerly Nitke) came to the Perham Focus after several years as the Education and Arts & Entertainment Editor at the Herald-Review of Grand Rapids, Minn. She lives in rural Ottertail with her husband, Dan, and their spunky yellow lab, Louisa.
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