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Annual Water Quality Report now available

Woodbury's drinking water is monitored regularly for contaminants, in accordance with federal and state laws.

To advance consumers' understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect water resources, the monitoring results are published each spring in the city's annual Water Quality Report.

The 2017 Water Quality Report, which includes information on monitoring done on Woodbury drinking water between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017, is now available.

We are proud to report that no contaminants monitored under the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements were detected at levels that violated state and federal drinking water standards.

View the full report

Please review the report and, if you have questions, contact Jim Westerman, utilities superintendent, at (651) 714-3720.

You can obtain a paper copy of the report by calling Public Works at (651) 714-3720.

Settlement provides funding for cleaning up PFCs in water

In 2010, Minnesota's attorney general sued 3M Company alleging that the company's production of chemicals known as PFCs had damaged drinking water and natural resources in the southeast Twin Cities metro area, including Woodbury. In February, the State of Minnesota and 3M reached a settlement agreement, with the state receiving a grant from 3M. It is estimated that approximately $750 million will be available to address PFCs in the impacted communities.

The court-approved agreement specifically outlines providing a clean, sustainable supply of drinking water as a top priority. It also indicates that improvements will be primarily focused on the cities of Woodbury, Afton, Cottage Grove, Lake Elmo, Newport, Oakdale, St. Paul Park and the townships of Grey Cloud Island and West Lakeland. Projects could include treating drinking water from existing wells, providing alternative sources of drinking water for cities or private well owners, or connecting homes served by private wells to municipal drinking water systems.

"While our water is safe to drink today, we've had to make significant operational changes due to the presence of PFCs in the aquifer," said Klayton Eckles, the city's Director of Public Works and Engineering. "We look forward to working with the state agencies and other impacted communities to develop water treatment solutions that allow us to operate our system back at full capacity and will provide safe drinking water for generations to come."

Details about the settlement and how the funds could be used are available on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website. MDH has been monitoring City of Woodbury municipal wells for PFCs since the early 2000s.

View more on the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency website  

The Minnesota Department of Health released new findings Feb. 7 related to the health impacts of PFCs found in some east metro communities’ water systems, including Woodbury’s.

View the press release from MDH

Water from Woodbury’s municipal water system remains safe to drink. The city will continue to operate the water system in the same manner as it does today.

PFAs in Woodbury Wells