Protecting Our Drinking Water
Henning is in Otter Tail County and provides drinking water to its 812 residents as well as to the 313 people in nearby Ottertail. Although Henning has been able to provide an uninterrupted supply of water to these two cities, it was concerned about what could happen during an emergency in which it could be left without power.
When Henning was working on its Wellhead Protection Plan, Minnesota Rural Water Association, a partner of the Minnesota Department of Health’s Drinking Water Protection Section, recommended that they install a transfer switch for obtaining power from a generator located at the city's wastewater treatment plant. The Health Department approved the city’s wellhead plan along with an implementation grant made available through the Clean Water Fund of $9,860.
This grant made it possible for Henning to install a three-phase, 600-amp transfer switch at their water plant, allowing the city to continue to provide safe water even when a power outage occurs.