Posted: Aug 11, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)
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 www.rpu.org. Completed nominations are due by Friday, October 21, 2016 to Brittney Marschall (email@example.com).
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
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Learn more about RPU’s water quality, water infrastructure, and wellhead protection program- https://www.rpu.org/environment/water-quality/
Posted: Jul 19, 2016 by Tony B | Comments (0)
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 . . .
- Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain cold temperatures
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).
- Do not eat refrigerated, perishable foods, such as meat, poultry, milk, eggs, and deli Items, after 4 hours without power
Once Power is Restored . . .
You’ll need to determine the safety of your food. Here’s how:
- If an appliance thermometer was kept in the freezer, check the temperature when the power comes back on. If the freezer thermometer reads 40°F or below, the food is safe and may be refrozen.
- If a thermometer has not been kept in the freezer, check each package of food to determine its safety. You can’t rely on appearance or odor. If the food still contains ice crystals or is 40 °F or below, it is safe to refreeze or cook.
- Refrigerated food should be safe as long as the power was out for no more than 4 hours and the refrigerator door was kept shut. Discard any perishable food (such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs or leftovers) that has been above 40°F for two hours or more.
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)