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Posted on April 28, 2020 at 11:34 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/28/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Corona Virus and Drinking Water:
Two University of Minnesota professors have taken on the challenge of testing for Corona virus in drinking water supplies. The professors believe that there could be a chance that the virus has the potential to spread to drinking water supplies from wastewater. Most cities, or municipalities that treat their drinking water supply shouldn’t have to worry, as their processes usually kill pathogens such as viruses.
The concern is with wastewater. The waste that is passed from a Corona Virus infected person, could potentially make its way to drinking water supplies in certain situations. The professors worry that the typical septic tank systems could be potential problems for transmitting the virus to a private well.
There is a small number of cities that still do not disinfect their drinking water supply. These cities, along with private wells, are where the professors believe they could possibly find the virus.
A major focus of the study will include water facilities that get their water supply from a river or lake system, and facilities that pump their water supply from the ground. The plan is to test both cities that treat their water supply and those that do not. The prediction is that very little is suspected to be found in the treated water supplies.
Research is scheduled to begin in early May and finish up towards the end of June. Funding for this study is coming from state lottery proceeds that are set aside for emerging issues and requires official approval of Governor Walz.
For more reading on this subject check out the full article with the link provide.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
We have multiple contractors making repairs across the county currently. Please report repair issues to our drainage staff as soon as you notice them, as this will expedite the time in getting those repairs made.
An eagle update...hard to see in the picture but there are for sure two small eagle chicks in the nest. Sorry for the blurry picture with cell phone camera, but the watchful parents didn't appreciate me getting any closer to their babies.
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.
Drainage Management Specialist