Medina’s 2015 Consumer Confidence Drinking Water Report is based on the many water samples that are drawn from the water system by the Minnesota Department of Health. The City strives to provide good quality water, as well as excellent service, and we rely on the residents to notify us of any irregularities in the delivery of that water.
The City of Medina has the following three separate water systems, which each have their own set of challenges. Medina is also supplied with water by Orono for the Keller Estates Addition, and Maple Plain supplies water to the far southwest corner of the City.
MORNINGSIDE SYSTEM (Accounts beginning with 03)
This system consists of two wells and a pressure tank. The Medina Meadows subdivision is south of Morningside. As part of this subdivision, a water main was connected with the City of Orono’s water system. The new homes will be served by the Orono system with a connection to the Morningside system. Existing Morningside homes are still supplied with the same water, but with an inter-connection to Orono. Both cities will have access to alternate water supplies in case of an emergency.
INDEPENDENCE BEACH SYSTEM (Accounts beginning with 02)
The Independence Beach System has two wells and a pressure tank. Due to high iron content, water quality is improved by monthly flushing of the line which takes place the second Thursday of each month between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. You will want to make sure to put off any clothes washing until after the flushing is complete, as it can discolor your laundry. If you ever experience discoloring of clothing, the Culligan Soft Water Company has provided the following recipe to get the rust out:
Purchase 6 ounces of oxalic acid (available at a local drug store, ALWAYS USE RUBBER GLOVES and KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN AND ANIMALS). Use double tubs. In one tub, fill with 8 gallons of water. Add 4 tablespoons of oxalic acid. In the other tub, fill with 8 gallons of water and add 4 to 5 tablespoons of baking soda. Put the clothes into the acid solution for 2 minutes. Wring out by hand (USE GLOVES). Then, put the clothes into the tub with the baking soda solution for 2 to 3 minutes and wring out by hand. Finally, rinse with fresh water.
HAMEL SYSTEM (Accounts beginning with 01)
This system is by far the largest in Medina, covering the area from the City of Plymouth border on the east and Willow Drive on the west. In 2016 the City will add Well 8 to its system, with a connection to the newly expanded pump house 3. In 2015 the system consists of wells 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, with a 400,000 gallon elevated tank and a treatment plant with 200,000 gallon storage. The treatment plant removes iron, manganese, radium and alpha emitters, which has kept the City in compliance with radium and alpha emitters since the Treatment Plant went on line in September 2006.
If at any time you have a concern about the water quality, do not hesitate to give the City a call at 763-473-4643.