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RPU Celebrates Drinking Water Week, June 6-11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

june 3, 2011

CONTACT: Tony Benson

Communications Coordinator

507-280-1534

tbenson@rpu.org

RPU Celebrates Drinking Water Week, June 6-11

ROCHESTER, MN— Rochester Public Utilities (RPU) will be celebrating the essential resource- water during Drinking Water Week June 6-11.

“Drinking Water Week provides a great opportunity to promote the benefits of our drinking water and our water system. Our water system has provided safe, reliable drinking water to Rochester residents for over 100 years,” said Larry Koshire, RPU General Manager.

RPU will host an open house at the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center from Monday, June 4 to Thursday, June 9 from 4-7 p.m. The open house will feature the new RPU water exhibits at Cascade Meadow covering topics such as water quality, water conservation, and the water cycle. Visitors will be invited to go through the exhibits and will then be eligible to win a rain barrel or other prizes. RPU water experts will be on hand to answer questions and to help visitors with their water concerns.


There will be a water comparison display set up at the RPU Service Center showing the price difference between bottled water and RPU drinking water, along with other resources on water quality and additional information on the new Conserve & Save water rebate program.

About Drinking Water Week

A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. We often take water supply for granted until it is threatened, either by drought, water main breaks, or some other event. For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

About Rochester Public Utilities – Water Utility

As the municipal utility of Rochester, Minn., for more than 95 years, RPU provides high-quality and reliable water to over 37,000 customers. Today, water is supplied to the distribution system by 31 deep wells located throughout the City. These wells extend 400-700 feet in depth in the Prairie-du-Chien/Jordan aquifer. At these well sites, three chemicals are added to the water. Liquid chlorine (bacteria control), Fluoride (for prevention of dental caries), viagra inde, and a liquid blended polyphosphate (for corrosion protection of pipes and the stabilization of iron in the water). Average daily water consumption for the City of Rochester is just under thirteen million gallons.

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