Cloquet, Minnesota
 
 
Drinking Water Report
2016 Drinking Water Report
City of Cloquet, Minnesota

The City of Cloquet is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2016.  The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources.  The 2016 Drinking Water Quality Report is now available at www.ci.cloquet.mn/waterreport.


Source of Water

The City of Cloquet provides drinking water to its residents from a groundwater source:  five wells ranging from 68 to 120 feet deep, that draw water from the Quaternary Water Table and Quaternary Buried Artesian aquifers.


The Minnesota Department of Health has made a determination as to how vulnerable our systems' source(s) of water may be to future contamination incidents.  If you wish to obtain the entire source water assessment regarding your drinking water, please call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 (press 5) during normal business hours.  Also, you can view it on line at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/swp/swa.


Reason for Monitoring

In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) prescribes regulations which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems.  Food and Drug Administration regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water which must provide the same protection for public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants.  The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that water poses a health risk.  More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

Call (218) 879-6758 or visit the Public Works section of the City’s website if you have questions about the City of Cloquet drinking water or would like information about opportunities for public participation in decisions that may affect the quality of the water.

 

Lead in Drinking Water.   If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.  Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing.  The City of Cloquet is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.  When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.  If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested.  Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Water Conservation and Protection

As a society, we have become more and more environmentally conscious and better informed about the effects our lifestyles have on the world around us. Yet the demand for our most valuable natural resource – drinking water – continues to grow. Our groundwater source is not infinite and we need to do whatever we can to protect it.

The Federal Safe Drinking Water Act amendments, passed in 1986, required states to develop programs to protect the water quality in public water supply wells. The process for achieving this is referred to as Wellhead Protection. In Minnesota, wellhead protection was mandated by the State’s 1989 Groundwater Bill and required all public water supplies to develop individual Wellhead Protection Plans for their community wells. The City of Cloquet developed its first Wellhead Protection Plan back in 2002 and it is currently in the process of updating that Plan.

Groundwater is the main source of drinking water for three out of every four Minnesotans. Protecting groundwater is everybody's business.


Make a Difference

Sealing Unused Wells: Unused, unsealed or abandoned wells are a direct conduit for contamination to enter our groundwater aquifer system and drinking water supply. They also pose a safety hazard. Sealing is the process of clearing an unused well of debris and filling the well with a special material called grout. Remember, only a licensed well contractor can seal wells in Minnesota, including sand-points and large diameter dug wells. In many cases funding assistance or grants are available to assist with the cost of proper well sealing. If you are aware of an abandoned or unused well, please contact the Cloquet Public Works Department at (218) 879-6758.


Water Conservation: Water conservation is a form of protection that not only saves this precious commodity but at the same time saves us money. Numerous water saving technologies have been developed to help conserve water. And while strong progress has been made, there are several simple steps that consumers can take to help preserve our water supply for future generations
You can save water and lower your monthly water and sewer bills by following these tips:

  • Stop those leaks!  Check your indoor water using appliances and outside faucets for leaks.  Even a small leak can cost you hundreds of dollars.
  • Replace the old toilet, the largest water user inside your home!  If your home was built before 1992 and the toilet has never been replaced, then it is very likely you do not have a water efficient 1.6 gallon per flush toilet.
  • Replace your clothes washer, the second largest water user in your home!  Energy Star rated washers can use 35-50% less water and 50% less energy per load.  That saves you money not only on your water and sewer bill but also your energy bill as well.

For more information on Water Conservation, log on to:

http://www.h2house.org

For more information on Drinking Water Protection, try:

http://health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water



Please click the link below to obtain a pdf version of the report