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RPU Tree Trimming Locations

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will spend nearly $1.4 million this year on proactive tree trimming and vegetation management.  In 2020, RPU plans to do proactive trimming along 17 different feeders.  Within the map, two types of trimming areas are shown, Planned and Proposed.  Planned areas, , will be trimmed in their entirety along the depicted areas.  Proposed areas, , will be trimmed at priority locations within the depicted areas.  

What Customers should know about tree trimming:

Follow the link below for a real-time map of RPU tree trimming locations scheduled or currently being trimmed.

RPU tree trimming map

Posted: Mar 31, 2020 by Tony B | Comments (0)

An important message from RPU General Manager Mark Kotschevar

RPU’s motto is “We Pledge, We Deliver” and our vision is to “Set the Standard for Service.”  As COVID-19 affects our community and as community leaders ramp up our response efforts, it is important for our customers to know that providing safe, reliable, and affordable electricity and water is and will continue to be RPU’s top priority. 

RPU is taking the following specific measures to help the Rochester community persevere through our current challenges:

Customers are encouraged to utilize the RPU Connect app and rpu.org to obtain answers to questions and conduct RPU business, so phone lines can be kept available for persons needing assistance.  In the meantime, we here at RPU will continue working around the clock to provide safe, reliable, and affordable electricity and water to help our community survive and thrive in this uncertain time.

Mark Kotschevar, General Manager

Rochester Public Utilities

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 fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

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Posted: Mar 20, 2020 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Major Water Associations Reassure Public On Safety Of Tap Water During COVID-19 Outbreak

Article from Wateronline.com regarding drinking water safety and tap water sources during COVID-19 outbreak.

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 by Tony B | Comments (0)

RPU cancels its Annual Arbor Day Celebration

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) announced today its decision to cancel the Annual Arbor Day Celebration scheduled for Friday, April 24.

“Our top priority is for the safety of our customers, our employees, and the citizens of Rochester. Due to the ever-changing environment and the need for critical changes and sacrifices, we felt it was a necessary decision to cancel the RPU Arbor Day Celebration this year, “said RPU General Manager Mark Kotschevar. “We hope that we will be able to host the event and share the many benefits of trees in the Rochester community in 2021.”

The Annual Arbor Day Celebration is canceled, but the poster contest for elementary students is still moving forward. Posters are selected from submissions from local elementary classrooms to be used in the upcoming RPU calendar.

For more information regarding the cancellation or the poster contest, visit www.rpu.org.

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 fuel cell research, wind power, and photovoltaic offerings.

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Posted: Mar 18, 2020 by Tony B | Comments (0)

Links to Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Here are links to the city of Rochester, Olmsted County Public Health, Minnesota Public Health, Mayo Clinic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention web pages regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) information.

All media inquiries go through Jenna Bowman at the City Clerk’s office.

Posted: Mar 12, 2020 by Tony B | Comments (0)