Environmental Health

Public Health Nuisances

Minnesota statutes state that a public health nuisance is, "any activity or failure to act that adversely affects the public's health." Wright County Public Health is available to answer questions, provide resources, investigates all complaints and takes appropriate action to remove the nuisance, when necessary.



The U.S. Surgeon General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) recommend that every Minnesota home be tested for Radon. Wright County Public Health offers Radon Test Kits at a reduced price for residents. With each test kit comes useful information about Radon, its effects, and how to best protect your family's health. During the months of January and February short term kits will be $3; while supplies last. Please call (763) 682-7354 with questions specific to Radon. Learn how to get a Radon test kit today!
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Wright County Public Health follows up on cases to assist in identifying possible causes of elevated lead levels and offers resources to families to eliminate the lead in their environment. Research indicates there is no safe level of lead and pregnant women and children, especially, should avoid lead exposure. We offer capillary (finger stick) blood lead testing at the Wright County Health & Human Services Center in Buffalo. Call to learn more or schedule yours today, (763) 682-7516.



Mold can affect the health of people who are exposed to it. This primarily occurs by breathing in spores or other tiny fragments of mold, but can also occur by ingestion (swallowing) or skin contact with mold contaminants. Although not all molds are toxins, it is important to remove it as soon as possible. 



Well Water Testing

Private domestic well water testing kits are available from the Planning & Zoning Office. The cost of the tests (coliform bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen) is $25.00 when the water sample is dropped off at the Planning & Zoning Office ONLY on either Monday or Tuesday. Test results will typically be received by mail before the following weekend.

You can obtain a well water testing kit in any of the following ways:

  • Pick one up from the Planning & Zoning office, Monday-Friday 8-4:30pm.
  • Request one be mailed to you by calling (763) 682-7331
  • Stop by the Wellness on Wheels Van at one of these locations
  • Pick one up at the Health & Human Service Building, Monday-Friday, 8-4:30