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LEGISLATORS PROPOSE CLEANER WATER FOR ELIZABETH

Monday, March 20, 2006
ST. PAUL – Sen. Cal Larson (R-Fergus Falls) and Rep. Bud Nornes (R-Fergus Falls) today announced that they have introduced legislation requesting $600,000 in state bonding dollars to treat the city of Elizabeth’s drinking water. The city recently learned that its drinking water contained some impurities. The legislators are working with local officials to obtain state assistance to increase safeguards for the city’s water supply. "It's unfortunate, but not all that uncommon, for cities to discover natural occurring impurities in their water supply," Nornes said. "Minnesotans pride themselves on drinking clean, healthy water, and that is why we introduced this legislation.” The Minnesota Department of Health regularly checks the state’s local water systems for more than 80 different biological and chemical contaminants. As a result, Minnesotans regular tap water has been tested as thoroughly as water from any other source, including bottled water. When contaminants are found, corrective measures are taken. "Our goal is to make sure the residents of Elizabeth have access to the highest quality drinking water," Larson said. "Keeping our water supply safe and pure is a priority, so I'm confident that we can pass this important bill."
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