Officials: Brownsdale Water Safe to Drink After Testing Deadline Missed

Created: 05/20/2014 11:02 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 News) -- A letter sent to Brownsdale residents raised some concerns about the safety of their drinking water.  After a viewer reached out to us, ABC 6 News went looking for answers.

The letter said the city's water had not been tested for coliform bacteria for three months at the start of this year as required by state law.

In a letter sent April 30, 2014 residents were told "because we did not monitor during the compliance period, we did not know whether coliform bacteria were present in your drinking water, and we are unable to tell you whether your health was at risk during that time."

But city leaders say a mix-up in water samples meant the water wasn't tested by the state deadline.

Minnesota requires cities to notify residents in such a case, but the city says the water was tested and came back clean.