Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Many residents expressed frustration and concern, while others were understanding of the glitch.
Several St. Michael and Albertville residents expressed frustration and safety concern about the pink and purple water that showed up in their faucets Monday night. The Joint Powers Water Board has emphasized that the chemical in the water, potassium permanganate, came at a very highly diluted level, and is safe to drink and use, but will discolor laundry. The issue was caused by a glitch in the annual maintenance of the system at the plant, when a filter that was started up again contained purple water from the chemical. The water board also apologized for the inconvenience and said they do not take the issue lightly. They added they are immediately going to make changes to prevent it from happening again. Mark Hebeisen, who lives in …
The non-toxic chemical potassium permangenate was somehow left in a filter when the system at the water plant started again.
Update, 9:08 a.m.: Joint Powers Water Board water and sewer manager Kelly Daleiden issued a statement on the pink water, apologizing for the inconvenience and explaining why it is safe: the chemical is highly diluted. "Please be assured that, while the water may appear very bright pink to purple for some people, the concentration of the potassium permanganate used is non-toxic and used every day to remove iron and manganese in our water treatment process," the statement read. It continued: While this event is completely unrelated to the event that occurred back in May of this year, what you are experiencing is essentially the same and we do not take this lightly. Immediately we will be working on additional plant piping modifications that …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Residents are reporting pink water throughout different parts of St. Michael and Albertville tonight.
UPDATE (8:30 a.m., Tuesday Dec. 18): According to a statement from the St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Joint Powers Water Board, the pink water is due to regular maintenance performed at the plant. The statement reads: Some "pink water" due to annual filter maintenance has been reported by some customers in our service area. While the color is temporary and harmless, home owners can let their water run for a short time until the water has cleared up. * * * * Residents took to Facebook Monday night after turning on their water and seeing pink. The path of the pink water is all over the area with homes near Cedar Creek, the Highlands development and the St. Michael/Hanover border reporting the discolored, at times even purple, water. This …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Erin Brockovich is expected to hold a town hall meeting to hear Fridley resident's concerns about the cancer rates in the city. She has not indicated if a stop in St. Michael is on her schedule.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Consumer advocate Erin Brockovich will be coming to Fridley on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, as part of her investigation into the city’s elevated cancer rates, Fridley Cancer Cluster Facebook group founder Jason McCarty said Tuesday. Brockovich is known for her industrial-contamination case against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which led to a $300 million settlement and to her portrayal by Julia Roberts in a 2000 movie dramatization. Efforts to reach someone in the Brockovich camp to confirm details of plans for a Fridley visit were unsuccessful as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. It's also not known if she'll swing out to St. Michael. She's been contacted by no less than three residents with concerns about cancer rates here, and an incident with…
Friday, May 11, 2012
In a new feature, St. Michael Patch is turning to our readers and seeing what they had to say about the week’s big news. This week, it’s that pink drink that was pouring from local faucets.
Despite the “keep calm and carry on” kind of plea from the Joint Powers Water Board, this week’s experience with pink water has more than a few people concerned about our public water supply. Monday morning residents in several St. Michael and Albertville neighborhoods woke up to pink water due to a user malfunction at the water plant, which is located off 50th Street Northeast on the Albertville border with St. Michael. Original story: Pink Water Draws concern in St. Michael, Albertville The JPW explained: The culprit was a pump that feeds potassium permanganate into the system. The pump was left on during a maintenance period, and put too much of the compound into the system. Here’s what our readers had to say: Happy in St. Michael - It …
Monday, May 7, 2012
The Joint Powers Water officials that oversee the area's tap water supply are aware of the situation. The colored water is harmless in normal doses.
Update 2:31 P.M. According to the Joint Powers Water Board Website, the issue has been resolved and water discoloration should no longer be happening. Any customers with questions about their water can call Joint Powers at 763-497-3611. Residents were alarmed around St. Michael and Albertville when tap water, including water for showers and for drinking that morning glass of water, turned pink throughout the area. According to e-mails from Patch readers, both city governments and the Joint Powers Water board, which overseas the operation of the St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover area tap water supply, is aware of the situation. The culprit was a pump that feeds postassium permanganate into the system. The pump, residents said they heard …