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See how a water tower is built in 2 minutes!

Posted: Aug 11, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Nominate Your Environmental Hero!!

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) and the Olmsted County Environmental Commission are calling for nominations for the 2016 Environmental Achievement Awards. The awards honor individuals, organizations, schools and businesses that have made a significant environmental contribution over the past year in Rochester or Olmsted County.

Award categories include: climate change, education, renewables, sustainable food production, conservation, energy, water, and other.

Since 1992, the awards have recognized the positive environmental impact of over 100 Olmsted County and Rochester community members and groups.

To submit a nomination or to see a list of past recipients, go to Completed nominations are due by Friday, October 21, 2016 to Brittney Marschall (


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.



Posted: Aug 10, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Hear what RPU’s GM Mark Kotschevar has to say about his participation in Project Climate Smart Municipalities

Posted: Aug 09, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

KIMT Report on Rochester and SE MN Water Quality

Special Report: Water quality

Learn more about RPU’s water quality, water infrastructure, and wellhead protection program-


Posted: Jul 19, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Olmsted County Public Health release on food safety during/after power outages

MEDIA RELEASE                                                                            CONTACT:

Date:  July 6, 2016                                                                                      Kari Etrheim:  328-7424



Food Safety During/After Power Outages


Olmsted County, MN – Due to the severe storms that swept through the area last night, many households lost power and continue to be without power today.  Knowing how to determine if food is safe and how to keep food safe during extended power outages will help minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness.


When the Power Goes Out . . .

o   The refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours if it is unopened

o   A full freezer will keep the temperature for approximately 48 hours (24 hours if it is half full).

Once Power is Restored . . .

You’ll need to determine the safety of your food. Here’s how:

Keep in mind that perishable food such as meat, poultry, seafood, milk, and eggs that are not kept adequately refrigerated or frozen may cause illness if consumed, even when they are thoroughly cooked.





Posted: Jul 11, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)