Public Water Advisory

The following is a consumption advisory regarding the municipal water supply. This notice affects approximately 5,000 households and businesses that currently use the municipal water supply. In addition, the nearly 1,500 properties with private wells may be affected.

The City is dedicated to providing clean and safe drinking water to residents. Testing by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) shows the City's municipal water supply continues to meet all Safe Drinking Water Act standards.

MDH conducted additional testing in 2019 as part of a study of unregulated contaminants. This testing showed that some of our wells have manganese levels above MDH's recommended health guidelines.

  1. Reducing Water Demands - Your Help is Needed!
  2. The Issue: Manganese
  3. City Solution
  4. Recommended Actions
  5. Most Recent Manganese Readings

The City has been keeping the level of manganese in the water supply low by only running wells that produce water with the lowest manganese levels. Warmer outdoor temperatures usually correlate to the increasing demand for water, primarily lawn watering. Consequently, other wells will soon be needed to meet the higher water demands. Manganese levels will likely be higher when these additional wells are operating.

Many lawns only require 1" of water per week. Current watering restrictions include odd/even watering and no watering between 10 am - 6 pm daily. Everyone connected to the municipal water supply is strongly encouraged to minimize the frequency and duration of watering lawns. This will hopefully reduce the need to utilize wells with higher manganese levels.

The City is currently offering Rachio smart irrigation controllers at a discounted price. These controllers can reduce water use for irrigation by up to 50%. For more information visit: Smart Irrigation Controller Program.

Informational Meeting Recap 

January 22, 2020

The Mayor and City Council hosted an informational meeting on January 22. If you have additional questions, please email or call 651-982-2440