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Minnesota Water Line Takes its Last Call

Over the past five years, the Minnesota Water Line has provided a valuable service to Minnesotans who had questions about safe drinking water, wells and water treatment, septic systems, lake and river management, and state or local regulations. With the recent expansion of Web-based information services, the University of Minnesota Extension Service’s INFO-U phone line, and agency help lines, citizens have a variety of accessible sources of information about water quality. For this reason the partners involved in the Water Line decided to discontinue this toll-free phone line on April 15, 2000.

The Water Line developed from a successful partnership among the University of Minnesota, state and federal agencies, the American Ground Water Trust, and the private sector. The toll-free number and staff were supported by in-kind and cash contributions from Minnesota Sea Grant, St. Louis County Extension, the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center, American Ground Water Trust, Board of Water and Soil Resources, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Fifteen Minnesota counties also contributed funds to support the Water Line.

“This is an excellent example of how we recognized a need five years ago, responded appropriately, and now, having determined there are other avenues available to help our customers, are moving on.” said Barb Liukkonen, Sea Grant water resources education coordinator.

Minnesotans with water quality questions can contact their county extension office or see the list of contacts that were printed in the Spring 2000 issue of the Water Line News newsletter.

By Sharon Moen
June 2000

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