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Hydrant Flushing routes starting July 23

Rochester Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants in the areas mapped below (within the red area) between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for approximately two weeks, beginning June 30. Fire hydrants are flushed to remove mineral deposits and sediment from the water mains and to ensure proper operation for fire protection.

During hydrant flushing operations, it is not unusual for customers to experience rusty water, and or pressure changes. Rusty water does not pose a health issue, but may affect the aesthetic quality of the water. Customers are encouraged to check their water for discoloration prior to using hot water or doing laundry, as rusty water may stain clothing. If rusty water is present, customers should flush their household plumbing by opening cold water taps and flushing until clear. Outdoor watering or using exterior hose outlets can also flush customer piping while still using water efficiently.

If you do experience any clothing staining, rust remover is available free of charge and can be delivered to you by calling RPU at 507-280-1500.

Posted: Jul 24, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Hydrant Flushing week of June 30th

Rochester Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants in the areas mapped below (within the red area) between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for approximately two weeks, beginning June 30. Fire hydrants are flushed to remove mineral deposits and sediment from the water mains and to ensure proper operation for fire protection.

During hydrant flushing operations, it is not unusual for customers to experience rusty water, and or pressure changes. Rusty water does not pose a health issue, but may affect the aesthetic quality of the water. Customers are encouraged to check their water for discoloration prior to using hot water or doing laundry, as rusty water may stain clothing. If rusty water is present, customers should flush their household plumbing by opening cold water taps and flushing until clear. Outdoor watering or using exterior hose outlets can also flush customer piping while still using water efficiently.

If you do experience any clothing staining, rust remover is available free of charge and can be delivered to you by calling RPU at 507-280-1500.

Posted: Jun 30, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Road construction near RPU service center starting July 7

Starting on Monday, July 7 road construction will begin along parts of East River Road in front of the RPU service center. The road construction project is scheduled to go through early November.

Access to the RPU service center will be available for a majority of the project. We will post any times that we are made aware of that will limit access. If you are visiting the RPU service center, please use additional caution in the work zone.

Please remember that you can pay your RPU bill, without having to come into the RPU service center.

Ways to pay your RPU bill

Posted: Jun 26, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Hydrant Flushing

Rochester Public Utilities will be flushing fire hydrants in the areas mapped below (within the red area) between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., for approximately two weeks, beginning June 25. Fire hydrants are flushed to remove mineral deposits and sediment from the water mains and to ensure proper operation for fire protection.

During hydrant flushing operations, it is not unusual for customers to experience rusty water, and or pressure changes. Rusty water does not pose a health issue, but may affect the aesthetic quality of the water. Customers are encouraged to check their water for discoloration prior to using hot water or doing laundry, as rusty water may stain clothing. If rusty water is present, customers should flush their household plumbing by opening cold water taps and flushing until clear. Outdoor watering or using exterior hose outlets can also flush customer piping while still using water efficiently.

If you do experience any clothing staining, rust remover is available free of charge and can be delivered to you by calling RPU at 507-280-1500.

Posted: Jun 25, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)

First CapX2020 161 kilovolt (kV) line energized for Rochester area

The first of two 161 kV transmission lines for the Hampton-Rochester-La Crosse (WI) part of the CapX2020 transmission project was energized on May 15, providing increased electric reliability to the Rochester area.

 

The 161 kV line spans from the new North Rochester substation to RPU’s Northern Hills substation. Another 161 kV line is scheduled to go in-service to the east of Rochester in 2015.

 

This is the first major electric transmission project in southeast Minnesota in over 30 years. When complete, the Rochester area will have added redundancy in its transmission infrastructure providing for added security and reliability.

 

Completion of the Rochester-Hampton-La Crosse (WI) transmission line project is scheduled for late 2015.

 

The other partners on this line along with RPU include: Xcel Energy, SMMPA, Dairyland, and WPPI.

 

For additional information on CapX2020, visit the CapX2020 website at www.capx2020.com or contact RPU at 507.280.1500.

 

About Rochester Public Utilities

 

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 120 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable electricity to over 50,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 38,000.  RPU continually investigates innovative technologies to help customers realize the best value from the services they receive.  Current initiatives include smart grid, water sustainability, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

 

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Posted: May 16, 2014 by Tony B | Comments (0)