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Pump test nearly complete for 300-foot deep well in Park Rapids

A 72-hour pump test is wrapping up this week at a recently drilled test well just south of the Park Rapids Area School District offices. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

A 72-hour pump test is being conducted on a well in Park Rapids to determine if the quality and volume are adequate.

Public Works Director Scott Burlingame said the 300-foot test well seems to have a lot of volume.

"We know the water has some iron in it but hopefully it won't be too much," he said.

The City Council authorized Elsner Well Drilling to drill a deep test well in response to high nitrate levels being found in a different city well. That well was closed. The city's other wells are between 50 and 70 feet.

If the water quality in the test well isn't up to par, the city would have to build a treatment plant, which would cost more money.

The 72-hour pump test should be completed by the end of the week and the water will be tested early next week, Burlingame said. If the quality and volume are there, he said the next step would be to move forward with a well and well house.

The results will be presented to the Park Rapids City Council.