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Lake Zumbro Hydroelectric Dam to Operate at Spring Level

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Lake Zumbro Hydroelectric Dam to Operate at Spring Level


ROCHESTER, MN— The level of Lake Zumbro will be raised from winter pool (elevation 918.5 dam datum) to the normal summer pool (nominal elevation 919.7 dam datum) beginning April 3, 2009. It will take approximately one week for the gradual transition to summer pool to be completed.


Real-time lake level information is available on the RPU web site ( For additional information regarding the Zumbro Dam and Hydroelectric Facility please contact Tony Benson 280-1534 or Todd Osweiler, 280-1589.



Tips for safe boating:


Watch the weather. Be aware of changing water levels and conditions that would expose logs, snags or cause floating debris. Be cautious when boating in the vicinity of the dam. Do not proceed past the warning signs and buoys. Tell someone where you are going, who is with you, and how long you will be away. Avoid standing, and when changing seats, stay low and near the centerline of your boat. Be ready for trouble when a powerboat passes you in a narrow channel. Maintain a safe operating speed. Always wear approved personal flotation devices (PFD).



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 47,000 customers.  Water customers number more than 36,000.  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.



Server maintenance scheduled for Friday evening

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

We will be doing server maintenance on Friday, March 27 starting at 5 p.m. The work is scheduled to take approximately 4 hours. During this time you will not be able to access your account or make payments online. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The Friday One Question Survey

Friday, March 6th, 2009



Results from last week’s question

40% of respondents said they visit the RPU web site to “learn about RPU”