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Posted on June 17, 2019 at 5:04 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/17/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Cost of Clean Water:
As costs for providing clean, safe drinking water continue to rise, the cost to homeowners may also go up. Any homeowner that receives their drinking water from a municipality will be receiving an increase to their Safe Drinking Water Fee, which appears on your utility bill. The revenue raised from the fee increase will go to the Minnesota Department of Health for testing over 7,000 public water supplies.
The increase is projected to be $3.36 per household annually that receives their drinking water from a public municipality. At less than one cent per day, that’s a reasonable cost for safe drinking water. These fees will do wonders for many of our smaller rural communities as they have been struggling to keep up with the demand for clean drinking water supplies as well as an aging infrastructure. Aging water and wastewater facilities could cost over $7 billion to repair over the next two decades.
Lawns to Legumes Grant Program:
BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources) has received state funding for a program to help promote more native species of plants and animals in residential lawns. The program is more specifically aimed at our pollinator species like bees.
Funding should be distributed later this year to local area conservation groups to be later distributed to landowners looking to get involved in the grant program. BWSR hopes to have these projects implemented in the spring/summer of 2020. Click on the link for more reading about this neat opportunity.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 10 – June 14:
We are seeing a fairly large amount of tile repairs coming in this time of year. The unfortunate thing is we are still trying to work through our repair list from last year, 2018. Please report issues you see on our public drainage systems, whether it’s a tile system or an open ditch system. The repairs are usually fixed in the order they are received, so please don’t wait to let us know about issues you observe on public drainage systems, as the list grows daily.
We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.
Drainage Management Specialist