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Rochester city water continues to be safe to drink

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

 

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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All RPU customers urged to monitor the temperature of their water

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) is starting to hear from customers that are experiencing frozen water service lines this winter. Current frost depth is 48” as of February 12, 2018.

RPU water customers are urged to take the temperature of their water and then continue monitoring it until the frost is out of the ground. This is especially important for customers that have experienced froze water services in the past. Run an inside cold tap and hold a thermometer in the stream for 10-20 seconds for an accurate reading. If your water temperature gets below 36 degrees Fahrenheit, you should immediately start running a continuous pencil-width stream of water from a faucet.

Currently, MN DOT is recording the frost depth at 48 inches in Rochester and Olmsted County. Service lines are typically buried six feet or more below the ground from the street to the house. A frozen water service repair can cost between $800- $1,500. The cost to run a constant pencil-width stream of water is approximately $60- $100 per month including sewer fees. If you are going to be letting your water run, please contact RPU at 507.280.1500.

All businesses and residence types could be affected. The age of your home does not matter.

View Rochester’s real-time frost level graph at www.rpu.org. For more information, please contact Tony Benson at 507-280-1534 or email at tbenson@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 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.

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NLC Service Line Warranty Program postcard NOT associated with RPU’s Service Assured® program

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

On October 16, 2017, the City Council adopted the NLC/USP. Inc. Service Line Marketing Agreement (https://rochestercitymn.iqm2.com/Citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=2611&MediaPosition=1367.818&ID=7961&CssClass). This allows the company to market their Sewer Line and Interior Plumbing coverage to residents in the city of Rochester. Information on this can be found in the attachment titled “NLC Service Line Warranty Program Overview”.

Their Water Line coverage is not included as a part of this offering since RPU already provides this coverage through our Service Assured® program (https://www.rpu.org/rebates-programs/residential/service-assured-underground-utility-repair-coverage-program.php).

If you have questions about RPU’s Service Assured® program or would like to sign up for it, contact RPU at 280.1500.

Time lapse video of the John Adams Water Tower painting and refurbishment

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Well #41 Goes in-Service

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) held a ribbon cutting for the new Well #41 in southeast Rochester and placed it in-service as RPU’s newest water supply facility.

The new 470’ deep Jordan Aquifer well pumps water directly into the Main Level Service Area and is located just east of the Rochester Community and Technical College.  In the future, Well #41 will also have the ability to pump boosted pressure water into the Rose Harbor High Level System.

The well was constructed by EH Renner & Sons. The Well house that encloses the well was constructed by Alvin E. Benike, Inc. Total Cost of the well/well house was approximately $850,000.

Currently, Well #41 produces approximately 1,000 gallons per minutes (gpm).  As growth continues in the SE area, Well #41 can increase its production up to 1,800 gpm.  Prior to pumping water into the system, Well #41 receives the addition of chlorine (for disinfection), fluoride (prevention of tooth decay) and a polyphosphate blend (for corrosion Control).

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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 39,000.  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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