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Rochester city water continues to be safe to drink

 

With recent media reports about discolored water at Mayo Clinic Hospital – Saint Marys campus, Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) confirms that Rochester water is safe to drink.

RPU is confident that the issue is internal to the campus. RPU and Saint Marys officials will continue to address the discoloration issue and work to determine the cause.

The water concern was brought to RPU’s attention mid-morning on April 30. The concern was regarding sediment and rust or black colored water showing up in sinks and toilets at Saint Marys campus. In order to verify that it was isolated to the Saint Marys campus, RPU flushed the areas surrounding the campus immediately and found no discolored water.

For additional information regarding RPU water, contact Tony Benson at 507.280.1534.

 

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 40,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.

 

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Posted: May 01, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held on April 27

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU), with partners Maier Tree & Lawn and Rochester Parks & Recreation, will host the 16th Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Three Links-Silver Lake Park, located at 840 7th St NE in Rochester.

The fun and free community event will feature a variety of activities and displays that will include: A tree giveaway (while supplies last), a free lunch of hot dogs, corn on the cob, chips, cookies, and soda will be provided (while supplies last), and live music from Paul Mayasich and his band, Real American Made Music. Tree experts will also be on hand to answer questions on tree planting and care, along with many other vendor displays.

Children will be able to enjoy Smokey Bear, balloonists, apple toss game, temporary tattoos, bean bag toss, and much more!

At noon, an awards ceremony will honor Rochester elementary school students who were selected as finalists of the Arbor Day poster contest, as well as this year’s overall winner, Sophia Kozlowski, a 4th grader at Bamber Valley Elementary. Nicole will receive a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card, her winning poster will be featured in RPU’s 2019 calendar, and a tree will be planted in her honor at Bamber Valley Elementary School. This year’s poster contest theme was “Trees Clean the Air We Breathe!”

Co-Sponsors of this year’s event include: Hy-Vee, Jim Whiting Nursery & Garden Center, Minnesota Energy Resources, Sargent’s Gardens, and Seneca Foods.

Participants include: Boys & Girls Club of Rochester, Minnesota Children’s Museum Rochester, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Olmsted County Environmental Resources, Olmsted Soil & Water Conservation District, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Rochester Art Center, Rochester Public Library, Rochester Public Works, Saint Mary’s University-Cascade Meadow, Water Reclamation Plant, and Zumbro Valley Audubon.

In the event of rain, the celebration will be moved to Rochester Community & Technical College’s Field House.

 

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.

 

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Posted: Apr 26, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Involuntary Disconnection Policy

RPU is updating its Involuntary Disconnection policy, formerly the Cold Weather Disconnect policy, to include current state statutes.  Extreme heat conditions and military service have been added to the policy to protect qualifying residential customers from disconnection. No other substantial changes have been made to the policy. The policy is currently in draft form and open for public review; it has not been approved yet. Click here for the full policy Involuntary Disconnection – clean version. If you have comments or questions you may contact Tony Benson at tbenson@rpu.org or 507-280-1534.

Posted: Mar 30, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

New Director of Power Resources Hired

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) announced today the promotion of Jeremy Sutton as the new Director of Power Resources.

Sutton served in the United States Marine Corps from 1995 to 2001. After his military service, he was a Senior Plant Operator for Air Products and Chemicals in Southern California, which is a steam methane reforming hydrogen production facility with cogeneration.

He started at Rochester Public Utilities as a system operator and then moved up to the role of Chief System Operator. In 2009, Sutton was tasked with starting a new department at RPU, managing MISO (Mid-continent Independent System Operators) market activities.

Sutton has a BA in Business Management and is a NERC (North American Electric Reliability Corporation) Reliability Coordinator Certified Operator.

He takes over for longtime RPU employee Walter Schlink, who retired earlier this month. 

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 37,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include photovoltaic offerings, wind energy, energy and water efficient equipment, and electric vehicle charging.

 

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Posted: Mar 21, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU warns of recent utility scam calls

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) has heard from customers that scam calls are being made to some RPU customers. RPU staff has collected information regarding the scam from customers to share with all RPU customers and the Rochester community.

The Scam –The callers are targeting commercial customers, but residential customers need to be vigilant as well. A caller states that they are from RPU and that a payment must be made to avoid disconnection. On caller ID the phone number shown is RPU’s customer line 507.280.1500 by using technology that can manipulate the number to show RPU’s actual customer service line. If the call goes unanswered, a message is left stating to call the phone number 1.844.287.6955. This is not an RPU phone number. When called, they use RPU’s on-hold messaging and then the person answering says that they are from RPU, but they are not an RPU employee or affiliated with RPU.

Identifying a Scam – RPU will never request bank or secure personal information from you over the phone unless you ask to discuss your account. The RPU representative will then ask for information to identify who you are.

What to do if you receive a scam call:

About Rochester Public Utilities

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 110 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 53,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 39,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

Posted: Mar 07, 2018 by Tony B | Comments (0)