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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.

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Current: - Fall 2014 PDF Version (1.2 MB/8 pages)

  • Where Is the Water in White Bear Lake?
  • Public Art St. Paul Promotes Water Awareness
  • Making Lemonade out of . . . a Leaky Lab
  • Paul Douglas to Speak at 2015 Metro District School
  • Winning Water Posters
  • John Lapointe Moves to MDH
  • Creating a Tap Water Friendly Home for Children

Waterline Feature Stories

Past Issues of the Waterline: Index of Archived Materials

2014 - Summer PDF Version (1.25 MB/8 pages)

  • Minnesota Department of Health Celebrates Anniversary of SDWA
  • St. Louis Park Water Supply Remains Reliable Despite Challenges
  • Drinking Water Tops List of Best Inventions
  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Combines Beauty and Brainpower
  • Minnesota Department of Health Implements Virus Study
2014 - Spring PDF Version (763 KB/8 pages)
  • Safe Drinking Water Act Turns 40
  • A Look at Bottled Water
  • Little Falls Continues Implementation of Wellhead Protection Plan
  • Bob Carpenter and Wayne Enney Die
  • Water Works Park Planned for Minneapolis Riverfront
  • Fluoride Source Water Survey
  • Compliance Corner

2013-2014 - Winter PDF Version (784 KB/6 pages)

  • Jim Lundy Named Hydrologist Supervisor at MDH
  • Mora Does More with Less
  • Bring in the New Year with a Lead-Free Cheer!
  • Target Field Back on Tap for Metro School
  • State Fair Water Taste Test
  • Compliance Corner
2013 - Fall PDF Version (1.1 MB/6 pages)
  • Safe Drinking Water Week Proclaimed
  • Steve Robertson Takes over as Head of MDH Source Water Protection Unit
  • Magnificent Minneapolis Manholes
  • A Winning Water Poster
  • Grant Funding Used to Seal Unused Public Water Supply Wells
  • Belgrade Avoids Arsenic with New Wells and Treatment Plant
  • 2013 - Summer PDF Version (1.2 MB/8 pages)
    • Poster Contest Brings in More than 500 Entries
    • Electronic Delivery Options for Consumer Confidence Reports
    • New Ulm Treatment Plant Provides the Main Ingredient for Schell's Beer
    • MDH Issues Annual Report
    • Compliance Corner
    • Check Up Program for Small Systems (CUPSS)
    • 2013 Drinking Water Institute to be Held in Rochester
    • Part 7 of High-Hazard Cross Connections
  • 2013 - Spring PDF Version (783 KB/8 pages)
    • Mammoth Main Break in Minneapolis
    • Eagan Water Treatment Plant Installs Plate Settler
    • Water Poster Contest Underway
    • MDH Updates Press Release on Shady Sales of Water Treatment Devices
    • Instructions for Systems that Chlorinate
    • John Blackstone Dies
  • 2012-2013 - Winter PDF Version (1.1 MB/8 pages)
    • Water Taste Tests
    • Andrew Sullivan Honored for Outstanding Leadership
    • Photos from Minnesota AWWA Conference
    • Bruce Olsen Retires from MDH
    • Introduction of MDH Employees Dag Moselle and Mackenzie Hales
    • Eden Prairie Operators Stay Cool in Responding to Electrical Incident
    • Water on Display at Science Centers in Minnesota
    • East Bethel Spurs Development with New Water Plant
    • Part 5 of High-Hazard Cross Connections
  • 2012 - Fall PDF Version (241 KB/6 pages)
    • Response to Floods in Duluth and Northeastern Minnesota
    • Jim Sadler Has a Cow
    • Separate Storage Rooms for Incompatible Chemicals
    • Liquid Assets Minnesota News
    • Introduction of MDH District Engineer Amy Lynch
    • T. C. Bear Likes Minneapolis Water
    • Part 4 of High-Hazard Cross Connections
  • 2012 - Summer PDF Version (376 KB/8 pages)
    • Governor Proclaims Safe Drinking Water Week
    • 10 Jobs Americans Can't Live Without
    • Bayport Receives Fluoride Grant
    • Eden Prairie Grows with Its Water System
    • Blast from the Past: Water Starts Fire
    • Legionella and Water Supplies
    • Safety Spotlight: Walk Like a Cop
    • Part 3 of High-Hazard Cross Connections
    • Change in Fluoride Optimal Level Proposed
    • Clean Water Performance Report Now Available
  • 2012 - Spring PDF Version (349 KB/8 pages)
    • Filling Stations for Water Bottles Popping Up across Minnesota
    • Owatonna Survives 2010 Flood, Raises Wells to Head Off Future Floods
    • Part 2 of High-hazard Cross Connections
    • Radon in Water Treatment Plants
    • Consumer Confidence Report Distribution
  • 2011-2012 - Winter PDF Version (330 KB/8 pages)
    • Liquid Assets Documentary Nearing Completion
    • Chad Kolstad Takes Over as MDH Drinking Water Revolving Fund Coordinator
    • Fairmont Getting New Water Treatment Plant
    • Annual Monitoring Schedule
    • High-Hazard Cross Connections as Significant Deficiencies
    • Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule - Revision 3 Expectations
  • 2011 - Fall PDF Version (440 KB/6 pages)
    • EPA Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment
    • Minneapolis Distribution System Renovation
    • Breaking News about Breaking Waterline Editor
    • Ground Water Rule Refresher
  • 2011 - Summer PDF Version (413 KB/8 pages)
    • Hastings Nitrate Plant Blends into Community
    • Proposed Guidance for Fluoride Levels
    • Saint Peter Adds Reverse Osmosis as Part of Expansion and Upgrade
    • Protecting Community Water Systems
    • Anna Munson and Larry Cole Join and Rejoin MDH
  • 2011 - Spring PDF Version (355 KB/6 pages)
    • Environmental Quality Board Adopts State Water Plan
    • MPCA Issues Guidance on Pharmaceutical Disposal
    • Drinking Water Protection Profile: Chris Eliasson
    • Mankato Moves Ahead with Membranes
    • Update on Municipal Authority to Ban Well Construction and Control Well Use
    • Minnesota AWWA on Facebook
  • 2010-2011 - Winter PDF Version (498 KB/8 pages)
    • Shady Sales of Treatment Equipment Continue
    • Rochester Looks to Save with Conservation
    • Revised Total Coliform Rule
    • Bloomington Deals with Cross-Connections
    • Drinking Water Institute Held in Eden Prairie
    • Environmental Quality Board Prepares State Water Plan
    • Photos from the 94th Minnesota AWWA Conference
  • 2010 - Fall PDF Version (439 KB/8 pages)
    • Minnesota Twins Focus on Water Sustainability at Target Field
    • MDH Staffing and Boundary Changes
    • MDH Efforts on Developing Guidelines on Drinking Water Contaminants
    • Chris Voeltz of St. Peter Receives Water for People Award
    • EPA Offers Recruitment Video for Careers in Water
  • 2010 - Summer PDF Version (456 KB/6 pages)
    • Utilities Fight Back against Shady Sales of Treatment Equipment
    • Compliance and Certification Information
    • Stimulus Money and the Drinking Water Revolving Fund
    • Notable St. Paul Reservoir Being Demolished and Replaced
  • 2010 - Spring PDF Version (510 KB/8 pages)
    • Oakdale and 3M Work Together to Remove Perfluorochemicals
    • Minneapolis and St. Paul among Top-Rated Utilities in EWG Study
    • U. S. House of Representatives Passes Chemical and Security Act
    • Report on Atrazine Completed
    • Drinking Water Quality Report Now Available
    • Implementation of Green Project Reserve Funds
    • Drinking Water Protection Profile: Joe Cummings
    • Water Operator School and Training News
  • 2009-2010 - Winter PDF Version (PDF: 448KB/8 pages)
    • Air Strippers Do the Trick in Waite Park
    • Drinking Water Institute Held in Oakdale
    • Radon in Groundwater
    • Pictures from 93rd Annual Minnesota AWWA Conference
    • Cool Web Sites
    • State Environmental Public Health Program Gets Five-year Federal Grant
    • Public Water Supply Profile: Annette Marier
    • MDH and AWWA Participate in State Fair Eco Experience
  • 2009 - Fall (PDF: 501KB/6 pages) html version of 2009 - Fall
    • An Easy, No-Cost Pandemic Drill for Utilities
    • A Green Boom in Water Supply
    • Grants Coming for Source Water Protection Implementation
    • Promising Prairie Disinfection Byproduct Precursor Removal Paradigms
    • Minnesota AWWA Bylaws Being Revised
    • Engineering America’s Tony Belden Still Remembered by Notre Dame Fans
    • Federal Stimulus Plan: Effects on Minnesota Drinking Water Systems
  • 2009 - Summer (PDF: 712KB/6 pages) html version
    • Monitoring for Perfluorochemicals Begins
    • New Treatment Plant in LaCrescent Deals with Radium
    • Weekend Warrior Jodi Wallin
    • Water the Theme of Winona Frozen River Film Festival
    • Center for Emerging Drinking Water Contaminants Proposed
    • MDH Releases Annual Report
    • Federal Stimulus Plan: Effects on Minnesota Drinking Water Systems
  • 2009 - Spring (PDF: 608KB/8 pages) html version
    • Aquifer Storage and Recovery Comes to Minnesota
    • License Requirements for Well and Pump Work for Public Water Wells
    • WaterWorks! Success Stories
    • Urban Water Cycle Completed
    • Small Utilities to Investigate Disinfection Byproducts in 2009
    • Operator Training News
    • Where Are They Now?
  • 2008-09 - Winter (PDF: 574KB/6 pages) html version
    • Drinking Water Institute Features Teacher with Century-old Water Tower
    • St. Joseph Treatment Plant Reduces Sludge, Looks Good
    • Public Review for Metropolitan Area Master Water Supply Plan
    • 92nd Annual Minnesota AWWA Conference
    • Consumer Confidence Report Compliance Is 100 Percent
    • Study Finds Contaminants in “Pure” Bottled Water
  • 2008 - Fall (PDF: 866KB/8 pages) html version
    • Minneapolis Shows Off New Drinking Fountains
    • Randy Ellingboe Takes Over Drinking Water Program at MDH
    • New Burnsville Plant Will Use Excess Quarry Water
    • Red Wing Plants Serve Water across Varying Elevations
    • Best Security Practices for Water Systems: A Quick Review
  • 2008 - Summer (PDF: 871KB/8 pages) html version
    • Rushford Responds to Flash Flood
    • Water Age and Water Quality
    • Owatonna Students Raise Money for Water for People
    • Doug Mandy Receives Henry Walraven Award, Then Retires
    • Ground Water Rule Update
  • 2008 - Spring (PDF: 357KB/6 pages) html version
    • MDH Drinking Water Web Site Gets Shorter Address, Hosts New Drinking Water Module
    • Red Wing Residents Learn Job Skills while Maintaining Water System
    • Rules Changes
    • Training News
  • 2007-08 - Winter (PDF: 782KB/8 pages) html version
    • Good Ol’ Tap Water Served at MDH Event
    • 91st Annual Minnesota AWWA Conference
    • Peterson Succeeds Clark at MDH
    • Module on Minnesota Drinking Water Receives Awards from AWWA, MAGC
    • Minneapolis Theater Focuses on Water in Series of Performances
    • Ammonia in the Distribution System: First in a Series
  • 2007 - Fall
    • Drinking Water Protection Changes at the Minnesota Department of Health
    • Full House for Drinking Water Institute
    • Red Wing Residents Learn Job Skills while Maintaining Water System
    • Filter Backwash Permits from MPCA
    • Minnesota Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network
    • IDSE and DBP Sampling
  • 2007 - Summer (PDF: 966KB/8 pages)
    • Module on Minnesota Drinking Water Receives Awards from AWWA, MAGC
    • Minneapolis Theater Focuses on Water in Series of Performances
    • Ammonia in the Distribution System: First in a Series
    • MDH Releases Annual Report
    • Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Regulations
    • New Water Security Guidelines Receive Public Comment
  • 2007 - Spring (PDF: 749KB/8 pages) html version
    • Biological Filtration Used in New Hutchinson Water Plant
    • New Home for Metro School
    • Training News
    • Speaker List for AWWA Schools Being Updated and Expanded
    • Rules Update
  • 2006-07 - Winter (PDF: 529KB/6 pages) html version
    • Albany Arsenic Plant Will Also Enhance Aesthetic Qualities of Water
    • Chloramination: Considerations for Public Water Suppliers and Their Customers
    • Dean Huschle: Water Operator, Rock Star Photographer
    • Shahin Rezania Appointed Head of Minneapolis Water Treatment and Distribution
    • AWWA Conference in Duluth: Lyle Stai of Willmar Among Those Honored
    • MDH Public Water Supply Profile: Mari Mevissen
    • Seventh Drinking Water Institute Held
  • 2006 - Fall (PDF: 737KB/6 pages) html version
    • Blaine Deals with Water Issues with New Plants
    • Training News
    • New MDH Engineers
    • John Ehlinger Killed in Sauk Rapids
  • 2006 - Summer (PDF: 595KB/6 pages)
    • Waterline to End in Paper Format
    • St. Cloud Deals with Boil Water Advisory
    • The Importance of Water in Ethanol Production
    • Preparing for Pandemic Flu
    • Met Council to Develop Water Supply Master Plan for Twin Cities
    • MDH Releases Annual Drinking Water Report
  • 2006 - Spring (PDF: 521KB/6 pages)
    • School News
    • Ely SWAMP Provides Training in Unique Setting
    • Disinfection Byproducts/Surface Water Rules Take Effect
    • Below-Market-Rate Loans for Public Water Systems
    • Lead and Copper Data Declared Private and Nonpublic
  • 2005-06 - Winter (PDF: 521KB/6 pages)
    • B-25 Flies Over St. Paul Water Facilities at Vadnais Lake
    • New Water Plant at Sandstone Federal Correctional Institution
    • Fluoride Supply Disrupted
    • $5.21 Fee to become $6.36 Fee
    • Capacity Development Report Available
    • Survey Reveals Training Needs
    • Exam Refresher Format Is Changing
  • 2005 - Fall (PDF: 929KB/8 pages)
    • MDH Moving - New Addresses and phone numbers
    • SWAMP-breaking in Ely
    • Another Successful Teacher Institute
    • Training News
    • Profiles of MDH Engineers and EPA Manager for Minnesota
    • Arsenic Removal Reaches Climax
    • Lessons from Walkerson
    • Tom Sakry Traces Military Roots
  • 2005 - Summer (PDF: 773KB/8 pages)
    • Drinking Water Annual Report Issued
    • Minnesota Cities (Fergus Falls and St. Paul) Face and Overcome Challenges
    • From Tall to Taller: Minnetonka Raises a Tower
    • EPA to Revise Lead and Copper Rules
    • Fluoridation Turns 60
    • Emergency Response CD Available from EPA
    • Surcharge Proposed for Licenses
  • 2005 - Spring (PDF: 589KB/8 pages)
    • News and registration form for spring teleconference and schools
    • Minneapolis Ready for Ultrafiltration
    • Safe Drinking Water Act Turns 30
    • PWS Profile: Ike Bradlich
    • Dry Tortugas Live Up to Name
    • Two Teacher Institutes Set for 2005
    • Water Tower Safety
    • Water Security Channel Offers Free Advisories and Bulletins
  • 2004-05 - Winter (PDF: 415KB/8 pages)
    • News and registration form for spring teleconference and schools
    • Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
    • MDH/EPA Collaborate on Emergency Response Plan Workshop
    • PWS Profile: Mark Sloan
    • Staples Sticks with Softening
    • Joint Powers Board Water System Receives National Safety Award
    • Optimizing Phosphate Treatment to Minimize Lead/Copper Seasonal Variations
  • 2004 - Fall (PDF: 387KB/6 pages)
    • 2004 Drinking Water Institute Held in St. Cloud
    • Erie Water Works Gets Brief Security Scare
    • PWS Profile: John Chlebeck
    • Sabin to Get Demonstration Plant for Arsenic Removal
    • Protecting Sabin's Source: The Buffalo Aquifer
    • Open Meeting Law Exemption
    • Increase in Service Connection Fee
  • 2004 - Summer (PDF: 435KB/6 pages)
    • Regulatory Update
    • New MDH Compliance Officer: Renee Anderson
    • Water Quality Problems in Residences
    • Lambert Creek Gets a Diversion
    • New Chaska Plant Nears Completion
  • 2004 - Spring (PDF: 328KB/8 pages)
    • Minnesota AWWA Web Site
    • Chlorine Residual Reporting
    • Bottled Water Brochure and SEMS Software Available from the Health Department
    • Keeping Up with Growth: Lakeville Water Plant Expands with Population
    • Steve Schneider Succeeds Bernie Bullert at St. Paul Regional Water Services
    • Monitoring for Total Chlorine Residual
    • Security of Water System Vulnerability Assessments from Public Disclosure
    • Drinking Water Revolving Loan Funds
    • New Water on Tap Booklet
  • 2003-04 - Winter (PDF: 504KB/8 pages)
    • Mandy Takes Charge
    • Crookston Cracks Up
    • Compliance Corner: Disinfectant Residual Reporting
    • Photos from Minnesota AWWA Annual Conference
    • Coming Down (Cloquet Water Tower)
    • Source Water Assessments Now Available on MDH Web Page
    • Clara City Joines the Membrane Wave
    • Radon Exposure in Water Treatment Plants
    • St. Paul Breaks Ground for Campus Project
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