Brownsdale Water Concerns

Created: 07/03/2014 10:40 PM
By: Dan Conradt

It's not an unusual occurrence after a heavy rain, and this time it just happened to occur in Brownsdale.

“We're glad the city is taking pro-active steps," Brownsdale resident Ardis Jensen said.

When the city of Brownsdale did the latest quarterly sampling of its water supply a week ago, the tests showed higher levels of total coliform bacteria than normal.

"The only thing I know is they were doing some testing, and they've done it before, so it's not really a big deal" Ardis Jensen told us.

Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment. They're generally not harmful themselves, but they can be an indicator that other, potentially harmful bacteria may be present. 

"They did send out a letter saying that it was being taken care of, and we shouldn't be concerned," Ardis Jensen said.

To correct the problem, the chlorine dose in the Brownsdale water is being increased. and on Wednesday morning, the water was turned off for about an hour. Most people we talked to didn't notice ... but Ardis Jensen did: "It was off only for a short time, but there was no water for coffee."

After about an hour without water ...

"Everybody was calling saying the water's back on, so off to home, wash the hair, brush the teeth and have the coffee."

The Minnesota Department of Health tells us they expect to take more samples of the Brownsdale water supply next week and ... while it's hard to prove ... there's a good possibility the elevated total coliform levels were caused by rainwater.

And for Ardis Jensen and the other residents of Brownsdale, Thursday morning meant a return to the routine.

“Coffee as usual," she laughed.

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