The Waterline: Drinking Water Protection: EH - Minnesota Department of Health


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The Waterline is a quarterly newsletter for water operators, city officials, and others interested in news related to public water systems in Minnesota. The Waterline includes updates on training sessions along with a registration form for various operator schools as well as feature stories of interest to those in the drinking-water profession.

Subscribe to The Waterline newsletter. An e-mail notice is sent out each quarter when a new edition is posted to the web site.


Summer 2022

  • Bemidji Builds Treatment Plant to Remove PFAS
  • MDH Issues Drinking Water Annual Report Covering 2021
  • Hunter Blommer Joins MDH; Lih-in Rezania Leaves after Three Decades
  • MRWA Apprenticeship Program
  • WUTT's Rolling Along
  • Water Operator Schools Back and Going Strong

Waterline Feature Stories

Past Issues of the Waterline: Index of Archived Materials

Spring 2022

  • Water Towers: New, Old, and Both
  • John Kriesel to be Keynote Speaker for 2022 Metro Water Operators School
  • Blast from the Past: Waterline Roots
  • EPA Finishes Lead and Copper Rule Revision, Plans Improvements
  • Threats Highlight Need for Emphasis on Cybersecurity
  • Drinking Water Institute Set for Red Wing in August
  • Water-Wastewater Utilities Treatment and Technology (WUTT) Program
  • Minnesota Water Research Funds Keep Flowing
  • Minneapolis and St. Paul Water Treatment Videos

Winter 2021-2022

  • John Kriesel to be Keynote Speaker for 2022 Metro Water Operators School
  • Pipestone Presented with EPA Aquarius Award
  • WUTT Program Update
  • David Vaaler, Stephanie Voeller, and Indran Kamalanathan Join Drinking Water Program

Fall 2021

  • The Secession of Kinney
  • Drinking Water Annual Report Covers Pandemic Responses by Utilities
  • Hydration Stations a Hit in Schools
  • WUTT Celebrates First Class
  • PWS Profiles: Michael Bourland, Erin Culver, Andrew Karp, Samantha Miltz
  • Don't Sell Your Water Tower
  • Is the Water Colder Closer to the North Pole?
  • In-Person Schools Returning
  • Deb Swackhamer Dies
  • Wastewater Beer?
  • Duluth Communicates to Customers on Lead in Water
  • Department of Natural Resources Issues Drought Guidance

Summer 2021

  • Urban Water Cycle Drinking Water Module Updated
  • Florida Utility Dodges a Disaster with Prompt Response
  • We Are Water Minnesota Travels to Hmong Plaza in St. Paul
  • Alvine Laure Ekame Joins MDH Section of Drinking Water Protection
  • WUTT Is Underway
  • Lewis & Clark Update
  • Last Chance to Remain on Mailing List for Printed Copies of the Waterline

Spring 2021

  • Public Art Saint Paul Continues through Pandemic
  • Minneapolis Water Magic Project Continues Mission of ReThink Your Drink
  • Minnesota AWWA Virtual Water Operators School Set for March 30 to April 7
  • Pipestone Receives EPA Aquarius Award
  • Drinking Water Needs Survey for 2021
  • MDH to Propose Updates to Health Risk Limits Rules

Winter 2020-2021

  • Freeport Facelift Completed
  • Minneapolis Main Goes from Bridge to Under the River
  • MDH Profile: Kate Callais
  • Department of Agriculture Develops Videos on Groundwater and Nitrate Movement in Southeast Minnesota
  • Source Water Protection Grants Support Community Solutions to Protect Drinking Water
  • Future of Minnesota Drinking Water Report Now Available
  • WUTT's Up Next

Fall 2020

  • Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019
  • Opt-in to be Required to Remain on Mailing List for Printed Copies of Waterline
  • Calm under Pressure in Moorhead
  • Pandemic Presentations from U of M Professors
  • Future of Minnesota Drinking Water Report Now Available
  • WUTT's Coming Up

Summer 2020

  • Coping and Continuing with COVID
  • An Easy, No-Cost Pandemic Drill for Utilities
  • WUTT Is Happening
  • Permanent Rules Governing Fluoridation of Municipal Water Supplies Adopted
  • Freeport: Have a Nice Day
  • Anna Schliep Is New Lead in Drinking Water Coordinator
  • CREAT Is Coming
  • Lead Service Lines: Where Are They?
  • MDH to Reduce Printed Copies of Waterline

Spring 2020

  • St. Paul Water Leads the Way in Wild Rink Preparation
  • Help Possible for Lead Service Line Replacements
  • Metro School to Have Special Day for Superintendents and Supervisors
  • Service Connection Fee Increase Takes Effect
  • Jessie Kolar and Corey Mathisen Join MDH
  • Drawing of Lake Harriet Pump
  • Check Out Patty Potty
  • Crookston Honored with People's Choice Award
  • Water Towers (Spaceship-Looking Things)
  • Dog-Sniffing Leak Detector
  • EPA Turns 50
  • Grants for Bottle-Filling Stations
  • MDH to Reduce Printed Copies of Waterline

Winter 2019-2020

  • Metro School to Have Special Day for Superintendents
  • Surface-Water Optimization Training in Minnesota
  • Service Connection Fee to Increase January 1, 2020
  • Innovation in Lafayette and New Ulm
  • New Brighton Returns to Its Own Water
  • Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Project
  • EPA Considers Regulating Perchlorate
  • Good Ol' Minneapolis Tap Water a Hit at Cedar-Riverside Health Fair
  • Water on Tap at the Minnesota State Fair
  • Drinking Water Institute Held in Oakdale
  • MDH to Reduce Printed Copies of Waterline

Fall 2019

  • Governor Walz Proclaims Safe Drinking Water Week in Minnesota
  • Service Connection Fee to Increase January 1, 2020
  • Cloquet Moves Forward with Manganese Removal
  • Minneapolis Launches ReThink Your Drink
  • New Addresses for Minnesota Department of Health Water Websit
  • STEM Committee Receives AWWA Section Education Award
  • Funds for Minnesota Water Research Begin to Flow
  • MDH Issues Fact Sheet on Operator Exposure of Radon at Water Treatment Plants
  • MDH to Reduce Printed Copies of Waterline

Summer 2019

  • Freeborn and Hartland Collaborate for Shared Water System
  • MDH Guidance to Operator Exposure to Radon at Water Treatment Plants
  • Eden Prairie Reservoir and Pumphouse to Replicate and Recognize History
  • Operator Protection and Disposal Guidelines for Spent Media or Backwash Waste Containing Radium
  • EPA Develops PFAS Action Plan
  • America's Water Infrastructure Act
  • Lewis & Clark Complete in Minnesota but Work Is Everlasting

Spring 2019

  • Chanhassen Enhances Aesthetics of Water and Community
  • Twins Install Self-Irrigating "Living Wall" for Batter's Eye
  • Lewis & Clark Completed in Minnesota
  • New MDH Engineer: Jenny Soltys
  • Surface-Water Optimization Training in Minnesota
  • STEM Promoted at Brewery Run
  • Chuck Brackin Dies
  • Latest Collaboration with Department of Agriculture
  • Useful New Videos

Winter 2018-2019

  • Sandeep Burman Named MDH Drinking Water Protection Section Manager
  • Lewis & Clark Regional Water System Nearly Complete in Minnesota
  • Historic St. Paul Ballpark Leads to Information on Early Water Supply in City
  • Past Waterlines Archived at
  • Chaska Prevails in Great Minnesota Tap Water Taste Test
  • Cool New Videos
  • Fact Sheets and Resources on MDH Web Page
  • Updated Water Exhibit a Hit at State Fair
  • New Site for Southeast District School
  • MDH Funds Filling Stations

Fall 2018

  • Barb Moore Joins the Minnesota Department of Health
  • Lewis & Clark Water On Its Way to Worthington
  • Minnesota AWWA Promotes STEM
  • Risk Communication Toolkit
  • Water Bar at Capitol at Highlight of Safe Drinking Water Week
  • Rock County Rural Water District Receives Source Water Protection Award

Summer 2018

  • Water in Southeastern Minnesota: Rochester and Austin
  • Lewis & Clark Summary
  • Summit Brewery Starts with the Water
  • We Are Water MN Visits the Capitol
  • Invisible Heroes Videos Highlight Drinking Water Providers
  • Jim Sadler Retires/Mark Sloan Dies

Spring 2018

  • Innovative New Water Plant in St. Martin the Result of Community Commitment
  • Golden Valley Survives Contractor Accident without Water Disruption
  • Retirements/Changes at Minnesota Department of Health and Minnesota Rural Water Association
  • The Latest on Lewis & Clark
  • Water Bar Opens New Storefront
  • Operator Training News

2017-2018 Winter

  • Plate Settlers Clean Up Ortonville Water
  • Lake Elmo Wins State Fair Taste Test
  • Lessons Learned in Blaine
  • Water and Sports
  • Good News and Bad News on the Bottled Water Ban in National Parks
  • Minnesota Department of Health Profile: Anna Arkin

2017 Fall

  • Highway 53 Rerouting Includes Impact on Virginia Water Supply
  • Lewis & Clark Project Gets Needed Funding (and update on Luverne shrimp)
  • Safe Drinking Water Week in Minnesota
  • Bloomington Wins Hydrant Hysteria Competition

2017 Summer

  • Shoreview Thrives with New Water Plant
  • Water May Bring Shrimp to Luverne
  • Governor Dayton and Clean Drinking Water Starts with Me! Poster Contest - and 25 by '25
  • Slovenija Declares Water a Human Right
  • Dan Boyce of East Grand Forks Retires
  • Osseo Water Tower May Be Placed on Historic Register
  • Water Bar Coming to the State Fair

2017 Spring

  • Clean Water Mural Unveiled in Minneapolis
  • Lewis & Clark Project Moving through Minnesota
  • St. Cloud Recognized for Source Water Protection Projects
  • Ellingboe Takes over as ASDWA President
  • Effluent to Beer
  • MDH Drafts Interconnection Policy
  • Three Minnesotans on Blue Ribbon Commission for On-Site Non-Potable Systems

2016-2017 Winter

  • Metro School to Feature Stand-Alone Exam Prep for Class A & B Licenses
  • Lewis & Clark Project Reaches Magnolia
  • St. Cloud Sweeps Doubleheader in State Fair Taste Test
  • Deaths in the Water Industry
  • Minnesota AWWA Holds 100th Annual Conference
  • New Brighton Still Facing, Overcoming Water Challenges
  • New Coliform Sample Drop-off Site in International Falls

2016 Fall

  • Smithsonian Institution Water/Ways Opens in Minnesota
  • Bacteriological Sampling Plan Requirements and Guidance
  • Kris Wenner Joins MDH
  • Bloomington Kicks Glass at AWWA
  • Clean Water Fund Water Reuse Project Seeking Stakeholder Input
  • Larry Cole, Formerly of Minneapolis Water Works, Dies

2016 Summer

  • Governor's Water Summit
  • MDH Roots: Still Planted
  • Flint Still a Hot Topic
  • Metro School Moving Back to Earle Brown Heritage Center
  • Lewis & Clark Rumble Along
  • MDH Review Prompts Changes to Water Sampling Procedures
  • Poster Contest Draws More than 1,600 Entries

2016 Spring

  • Governor Dayton Calls for Water Quality Summit
  • Water Situation in Flint, Michigan
  • Rochester Public Utilities Solves Messy Problem in Economical and Environmentally Friendly Way
  • Cook Mayor and Council Work for Free to Keep Water Rates from Rising
  • Accidental Chlorine Release Emergency Notifications
  • What's New with Lewis & Clark?
  • Smithsonian Exhibit on Water Coming to Minnesota

2015-2016 Winter

  • Minneapolis Institute of Art Decorates Water Towers
  • Water Success Stories
  • Mobile Art Lab Focuses on Water
  • MDH Lab Reprocessing Water Samples
  • Important News about 2016 Metro District School

2015 Fall

  • Governor Dayton Announces Drinking Water Annual Report
  • Metro Transit Helps Saints Save Water in New Ballpark
  • Lewis & Clark Project Reaches Minnesota
  • Cold Spring Hailed for Its Communications
  • Important News about 2016 Metro District School
  • Water Reuse in Minnesota

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Updated Monday, 16-May-2022 09:33:27 CDT