Cottage Grove Receives American Public Works Association Minnesota Project of the Year Award

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Jennifer Levitt, Community Development Director/City Engineer, jlevitt@cottage-grove.org, 651-458-2890

Cottage Grove Receives APWA-MN Project of the Year Award 

Cottage Grove, MN – Dec. 11, 2017 – The City of Cottage Grove received the 2017 American Public Works Association Minnesota Project of the Year Award for the Interim Water Treatment Facilities project.  Jennifer Levitt accepted the award on behalf of the City at the association’s fall conference in November.

Levitt presented the award to the City Council on Dec. 6.

In May 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health issued new, lower health based recommendations for two industrial chemicals, and established a hazard index related to the accumulative concentrations of PFS found in drinking water. As a result, eight of the City’s 11 wells exceeded the new established hazard index values and only used three wells to provide water for the community to ensure full compliance with the new standards, requiring a ban on outdoor water use. To resolve the City’s water quality concerns until a permanent solution could be developed, temporary carbon filtration systems on Well 10 and Well 3 were designed and substantially completed by August. A project like this would normally take 18 to 24 months but the City was able to complete the work in only 11 weeks, lessening the negative impacts to residents.