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Jun 17

Clean Water Costs

Posted on June 17, 2019 at 5:04 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 6/17/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • No upcoming major hearings or meetings.                                                                                                                  

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  With two contractors working on the same improvement project, an end might be near.  There is the possibility of finishing all new HDPE tile install possibly by this Wednesday, June 19.  A wet spring added to a tough 2018 fall and winter, making conditions all the tougher for this improvement project.   
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Things seem to be working very nicely.  Our grasses are coming up nicely on the buffer areas and pond areas.  Final checklist items will more than likely be finished up fall of this year. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  To my knowledge, all checklist items have been completed by the general contractor.  Things won’t be closed out on this improvement project until all issues have been ok’d by the engineer and county drainage staff. 
  • JD51 Waseca (Danville Twp.)  This cleaning and repair should be finished up this week.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Cost of Clean Water:

As costs for providing clean, safe drinking water continue to rise, the cost to homeowners may also go up.  Any homeowner that receives their drinking water from a municipality will be receiving an increase to their Safe Drinking Water Fee, which appears on your utility bill.  The revenue raised from the fee increase will go to the Minnesota Department of Health for testing over 7,000 public water supplies. 

The increase is projected to be $3.36 per household annually that receives their drinking water from a public municipality.  At less than one cent per day, that’s a reasonable cost for safe drinking water.  These fees will do wonders for many of our smaller rural communities as they have been struggling to keep up with the demand for clean drinking water supplies as well as an aging infrastructure.  Aging water and wastewater facilities could cost over $7 billion to repair over the next two decades. 

Lawns to Legumes Grant Program:

BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources) has received state funding for a program to help promote more native species of plants and animals in residential lawns.  The program is more specifically aimed at our pollinator species like bees.

Funding should be distributed later this year to local area conservation groups to be later distributed to landowners looking to get involved in the grant program.  BWSR hopes to have these projects implemented in the spring/summer of 2020.  Click on the link for more reading about this neat opportunity.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 10 – June 14:

  • JD36 (Butternut Twp.)  We have an on-going issue with a section of tile along this drainage system that seems to have more problems than others.  We have a sizable area that is ponding water.  The suspicion is that grass roots have clogged our 10-inch plastic tile.  We plan on having the tile cleaned out with a jetting system.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  We are making plans to get started on a couple major repairs on this drainage system.  Two of the repairs will be along portions of the open ditch and the other is the larger repair petition work for installing new tile.  
  • JD15 (Lincoln Twp.)  Multiple areas of sink holes along portions of this tile system.  Two of the sink hole areas could fit a small car in them.
  • CD50 (Lincoln Twp.)  The road is back in place, but not perfect.  The tile is repaired and running well.  The ditch is re-sloped and some seeding has been done.
  • CD29 (Danville Twp.)  We have received a repair request from a landowner to replace a smaller branch of old clay tile.
  • JD85 MAR. (Pleasant Mound Twp.)  We will soon be starting on our clean water side intakes that we have received grant funding for.  These new side intakes should reduce the amount of sediment and nutrients that are flowing into the open ditch.  They should also save on overall maintence of the open ditch, by metering the in-flow of water at a much less damaging rate when we experience heavy rains.                                                            
Some interesting photos from over the weekend.  We went from horse show to air show in one day.  Both shows turned out to be incredible.  Photos below are from both of those shows.
horse show champ
Brought home a first place champion ride from the horse show from last weekend. 
Just one of the many planes on display at the airshow. 
The photo above is of a C17 which is the largest and heaviest plane to ever land at the Mankato airport.  The landing gear was as wide as the actual runway surface area.

We are seeing a fairly large amount of tile repairs coming in this time of year.  The unfortunate thing is we are still trying to work through our repair list from last year, 2018.  Please report issues you see on our public drainage systems, whether it’s a tile system or an open ditch system.  The repairs are usually fixed in the order they are received, so please don’t wait to let us know about issues you observe on public drainage systems, as the list grows daily.

We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist