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Mar 24

County Services during COVID 19

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 12:37 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 3/24/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • In response to the current COVID 19 situation, all hearings and meetings for drainage have been suspended for the time beingWe will send out new notices for all hearings and meetings as they are rescheduled.                                                                                            

COVID 19 and Blue Earth County Drainage:

Currently, almost all Blue Earth County departments are closed off to the public.  In fact, most of our county buildings have closed access to the public.  To care for the safety of our staff and others, this temporary closer was deemed a necessary precaution.  Staff continues to report to work every day.  However, some staff have the ability to work from home, while others are working from county offices.

We are still able to serve the public needs through our online presence, taking phone calls and we also have multiple drop box locations at most of our buildings for those needing to drop off paper work.

For the most up to date information on our departments, please see our website.  Our staff has done a great job of keeping things updated for our customers, to provide the best service possible, given our current situation.                                                                                                                               

COVID 19 and Our Drinking Water:

As everyone knows by now, many of our grocery suppliers took a huge hit in quantities in the recent weeks.  Many shoppers have been stock piling supplies of food, cleaning supplies, bathroom essentials and even bottled water.  What is the need for the extra bottled water?

Many myths of COVID 19 seem to be circulating around, one of these myths was that COVID 19 was in our water supplies.  This is not true and has been confirmed by local water services professionals.  The current treatment of our drinking water supplies goes through a system that disinfects any viruses or pathogens.  This means that your tap water is safe to drink, cook with and of course to wash and bath with.  There is no need to boil your water supply first.

We get our urge to stock up in times of crisis in part from our planning for natural events such as hurricanes, blizzards or other predictable weather events.

With the current COVID 19 advisement by many state and federal officials to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days, the extra food and supplies makes sense, but no alarm about our current water supply is needed.  Hang in there everyone, good people in good communities helps all of us recover faster.  For more reading on this article click the provided link.

Project Updates:  

  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  Nothing new from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Crews have started some checklist items.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Checklist items are being completed.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  Despite our somewhat quarantined situation, a pre-construction meeting was held.  Because of current COVID quarantine and social distance guidelines, no landowners attend the meeting.  The meeting information and notes have been mailed out to landowners affected by this project and should be received via U.S. Mail.  Our contractor still plans on starting in the coming weeks.


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD87 (Garden City Twp.)  We are experiencing some issues of water draining slowly along a portion of this tile system.  We are actively pursing ways to resolve the issue.
  • Some contractors are looking to get back to digging in the dirt.  We will have a few tile projects starting either the end of this week or starting in the next couple weeks.  Road restrictions are on, so moving heavy equipment or any heavy loads can be tricky this time of year.

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