Water Information and Management

Message to All Noncommunity Public Water Systems re COVID-19

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Owners and Operators of Noncommunity Public Water Systems:

The COVID-19 outbreak has presented many challenges across the state. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Drinking Water Protection program recognizes that you face many pressures in running your facilities and businesses at this time. Understanding that you have many things on your mind, we do want to provide you with some pertinent information regarding COVID-19 and noncommunity public water systems. You can also find general updates at: Coronavirus Disease 2019 [COVID-19]

Is drinking water safe

You may be wondering if COVID-19 is transmitted via drinking water. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the COVID-19 virus has not been detected in drinking water supplies and the risk to water supplies is low. You can find more information from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the following web pages:

•    EPA: Coronavirus and Drinking Water and Wastewater

•    CDC: Water Transmission and COVID-19

 MDH Drinking Water Protection’s role

MDH Drinking Water Protection staff remain available to assist you. While we have taken steps to reduce exposure for staff and public water systems by curtailing field activity and moving staff to telework, we remain dedicated to working with you in providing safe drinking water. All staff are available via phone and email, and will respond to any questions, concerns or contamination situations.

So, don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions. See the Noncommunity Public Water Supply Unit Contact List (PDF) where you can find the sanitarian and compliance officer for your part of the state. Also, look for periodic updates from MDH as new information becomes available.

Sampling and laboratories

If you are required by MDH to collect your own water samples, please continue to do so at this time. It is critical that drinking water systems continue to be able to assure their users about water quality.

The laboratories that analyze your water samples are doing their part to maintain operations while protecting their employees. Note that if you hand deliver samples to a laboratory, we recommended that you first check their website, confirm that they are open and receive additional direction on how to drop off samples; some laboratories are changing their drop off procedure to maintain social distancing. If you have any questions, please contact your compliance officer.

Thanks for all your efforts in these difficult circumstances as we work together to keep safe water available all across Minnesota.

Water Education

Anoka county sponsors the Metro Area Children’s Water Festival, an annual event that is held on the last Wednesday of September since 1998. The Festival provides water education to fourth-grade students throughout the metropolitan area.

Know The Flow

Know The Flow is an education and outreach program by local agencies in Anoka County to provide residents, businesses and property owners with information regarding the water resources that is on land (streams, lakes, rivers and wetlands) and the groundwater under homes and businesses.

Water Resources Management Report

Anoka County maintains a Water Resources Management Report (PDF) produced by the Public Health and Environmental Services Department through a collaboration with local natural resources, environmental, educational, and public health agencies. The Report provided guidance for a comprehensive approach to protection and management of local water resources.

Water Resources Management Task Force

Anoka County’s natural resources, environment, education and public health agencies and organizations have established a Water Resources Task Force that monitors local water resources and collaborates with state and local agencies and organizations to address water protection and management issues.