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Al Leedahl, Benson, Minn., Published April 16 2012

A possible new source of cities’ drinking water

Field drainage affects Red River Valley flooding, new study shows (Forum, April 11):

Is there any interest in supplying the Fargo-Moorhead area with drinking water from tiled fields rather than from the river?

I have been told that the water coming out of drain tiles is even more pure than that coming from wells.

Cass County obtains rural water from wells located about six miles south of Leonard, N.D.

There is a possibility that a large water line could be installed in that area through which water from field tiles can flow. When the flow from field tiles is not adequate, wells can be drilled, somewhat similar to those used by Cass Rural Water, and turned on when needed to supplement the water from tiles, flowing through the same line the tile water flows through to supply the F-M area with drinking water.