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Water Resources

Water Resources are listed below in order to help water systems and their water and/or wastewater operations specialists in Minnesota provide a quality water supply to rural areas, increase their operational and management knowledge, increase public awareness of water quality vulnerability and source water protection, and to increase the professionalism of system personnel.

MDH Climate & Health Home Page

MDH Lab Changes for Very Small Systems

Water System Related Rules

*Water Certification Rule - Chapter 9400
*Backflow Prevention and Cross Connections Rule - Chapter 4714.0603
*Minnesota Cold Weather Rule - 216B.097
*Fluoridation Rule - Chapter 4720.0030
*National Primary Drinking Water Regulations, List of Contaminants & their MCLs - EPA
*Public Water Supply Plans; Appropriations During Deficiency (Water Conservation Rate Rule)
*Water Conservation Rates information
*The Revised Total Coliform Rule: A Guide for Small Public Water Systems - EPA Guide
*Sample Collection Procedures
*Sample Collection Videos (MDH LINK)

When You Need An Engineer
*When You Need An Engineer handout & *Plan Review Submittal Guidance

Vaccinations and Testing Links:
Vaccinations and Infectious Disease Testing Coverage - LMC Link

Water System Operations Specialist Certification Links
*Minnesota Department of Health Water Supply System Operations Exam Application - link
*Minnesota Department of Health Water Exam References (includes Math Conversion tables and
  Need to Know information
*Minnesota Department of Health Water Certification Frequently Asked Questions
pdf*Class D Study Guide
pdf*Minnesota Water Works Operations Manual
*Contract Operating Guidelines - MDH Link

Water System Operations Specialist Training Links
*MRWA Training Calendar (includes training offered from other agencies)
*Minnesota Department of Health Relevancy of Training
*Water System Operations Specialist Training Record form
pdf*Board Member Guidance Manual - pdf download (large file size, right click on link and choose
     'save target as' to save to your computer)

*Water and Wastewater System Checklist

MDH Report Forms
MDH Fluoridation Monthly Report - Single Treatment Point
MDH Fluoridation Monthly Report - Single Treatment Point with Corrosion Control
MDH Community PWS Interconnection Plan - Interim or Long-Term Interconnection

Water System Operations Specialist Needs:
pdfTrace Wire Specification Guide & Details
 MRWA Frozen Service Line Resources & Prevention Procedures
MDH 30-Hour Sample Requirement
*Math Formula Conversion Sheet
*Minnesota Drinking Water - EPA Link
*MDH Drinking Water Protection Site - MDH Link
*Chlorine & Hazardous Leak Reporting Requirements - EPA Link
*Ammonia in the Distribution System - by Dave Schultz, MDH Engineer, reprinted with permission from
Hydrant Maintenance - recommended from American Flow Control
Hydrant Record Form
*Valve Record Form
Hydrant Flow Test Record Form
Water Loss Calculation Form
*Water Leak Determination Form
*Water System Flushing Form
*Tech Briefs from National Drinking Water Clearinghouse - technical articles for operations support
*US Units to Metric Units - conversion calculation site link
*Water Drip Leak Calculator - Link to calculate water loss from leaky faucets
*Benefits of Water Meters
*Monitoring and Testing Drinking Water in Minnesota - MDH Link
*Coliform Bacteria in the Water System - MDH Link
*Contaminants: Microbiological, Radiological, & Inorganic - MDH Link
*Sample Municipal Ordinances
*Sample Public Notices
*Sample Municipal Personnel Policies
*Sample Municipal Job Descriptions
*LMC Link:  Securing Payment of Utility Charges
pdf*Well Drawdown - NRWA Training Guide

NonMunicipal / NonTransient NonCommunity Operations Specialist Needs:
pdf*Class E Study Guide
- pdf download
*Certification: Frequently Asked Questions
pdfOperations Specialist Certification Brochure for Small Systems
pdf*Safe Drinking Water for Your Small Water System: An Operator's Guide - pdf download
*Importance of Routine Maintenance
*Aestheic Issues for Small Systems
*Maintaining Your Well and Water System

*Fact Sheet: Why Does My Water Smell Like Rotten Eggs? - MDH Fact Sheet
*Let it Run and Get the Lead Out - MDH Link
*Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities - EPA Link
pdfWell Disinfection Link to MDH Site
pdfEmergency Water Supply Plan

Watch: We Are Public Health: Noncommunity Drinking Water Protection

Cross Connection Control
*Cross Connection Control & Backflow Prevention Resources

Conservation Water Rates
*Minnesota Law - Conservation Water Rates Information & Helpful Tools

Flooding Tools
Flood Resilience Guide EPA Link |MDH Link

Water Rate Analysis Sheet:

*Water Rate Analysis Spreadsheet - calculate your water and/or wastewater rates with our Excel

Water as Taxable:
Questions on if Water is taxable - see page 10 of this download from League of Minnesota Cities

Well Water Links:
Lead in Well Water - MDH Link
*Nitrate in Well Water - MDH Link
Arsenic in Minnesota's Well Water - MDH Link

Drinking Water Concerns Links:

*MDH Climate & Health Home Page
*Contaminant and Disposal of Large Amounts of Contaminanted Water - Support Guide for Water Utilities - EPA download
*Energy Use Assessment Tool - download for Water and Wastewater Systems - EPA download
*Ensuring a Sustainable Future: An Energy Management Guidebook for Wastewater and
Water Utilities - EPA Download
*MDH Annual Drinking Water Report - MDH Link
*Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Distribution Systems - EPA link
*CUPSS: Asset Management Program - EPA download
*Liquid Assets Minnesota - A documentary film about Minnesota's Critical Water Infrastructure

Minnesota's Water/Wastewater Emergency Response Network


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arrowTEAM: Training, Educating and Assistance in Minnesota
         by Kyle Kedrowski

arrowMinnesota Nice, Especially Today! Are Your Prepared for an
         Emergency  by Kyle Kedrowski

arrowCross Training: One of the Keys to Running a Successful Utility
         by Ben Oseien

arrowWater Tower Temperature Sensing Equipment - by Jeff Dale

arrowNecessity is the Mother of Invention - Water Tower
         Improvements  by Jeff Dale

Do You Need a Bright Idea?  by Paul Hoeschen

arrowWater Sampling   by Kurt Haakinson

arrowThe Importance of Historical Records for Asset Management
         Plans  - by Jennifer Koenig

arrowTaste and Odors in Your Drinking Water    by Kyle Kedrowski

arrowEnergy Efficiency   by Paul Hoeschen

arrowMRWA Assistance Helps Community Repair Seemingly
         Impossible Leak Under Lake

arrowPromote our Profession   by Jeff Dale

arrowWhat's in Your Trace Wire Spec: The Truth About
            Trace Wire   by Joe Rubbelke

There's an App for That!   by Lori Blair

arrowClass D Certification for Small Systems    by Jennifer Koenig

arrowThe Importance of Routine Maintenance   by Jennifer Koenig

arrowYou Have a Choice   by Kyle Kedrowski

arrowFlowing Artesian Wells in Minnesota - source: Minnesota
            Dept. of Health, Well Management Section

arrowEmergency Planning for Small Systems  by Jennifer Koenig

arrowAsset Management Guidance   by Ruth Hubbard

Why Become a MnWARN Member?   by Jeff Dale

Budget Time   by Teri Osterman

arrowConcordia Language Villages   by Jennifer Koenig

arrow Well, Well   by Kyle Kedrowski

arrowAccidental Chlorine Release Emergency Notifications  
              by Jon Groethe, MDH

arrowChase Down Those Leaks - EPA WaterSense

arrowApproved Water Supply Plans, Part 2   by Ruth Hubbard

arrowCold Spring: More Than Just Beer! - check out page 21 on link

arrowRevised Total Coliform Rule  by Simon McCormack, MDH

arrowStillwater Prison Gets New Water System by Jennifer Koenig

The Perfect Time to Find That Valve   by Kyle Kedrowski

arrow2014 Annual Drinking Water Report - MDH Link

Hilltop Water Barn  by Kyle Kedrowski

: 60 Minutes segment: Depleting the Water

arrowFreeze Up of 2014 by Jeff Dale

Winterize Your Home  by Jennifer Baume

arrowMnWARN: Don't Wait to Join   by Ruth Hubbard

arrowAestheic Issues   by Jennifer Koenig

arrowMRWA Purchases Valve Exercising Machine  by Jeff Dale

arrowPrevention of Frozen Water Service Lines

arrowCan Operators Play a Role in Plant Design? by Naeem Qureshi

Can Parasitic Worms Get Into the Drinking Water Tanks?
          by Erin Henderson

arrowValve Exercising - Input Needed  by Jeff Dale

arrowTotal Coliform Bacteria Samples - 30 Hour Holding Time
              by Don Christianson

arrowEPA Survey Shows $384 Billion Needed for Drinking Water
         Infrastructure by 2030

arrowThe New "Lead-Free" Rule and How We Can Be Ready For It
             by Yoko Nomura and Naeem Qureshi

arrowAstronauts Explain Drinking Water in Space

arrowThe Inspector Found WHAT? - summer 2012 article excerpt

arrowWhat Has Changed? by Jennifer Koenig

arrowClass D Certification for Small Systems  by Jennifer Koenig

arrowHistoric Building Has Another Purpose by Jennifer Koenig

arrowOperating Considerations for Wells and Implications to Well Yield
         by Robert Jewell

arrowMessage from Don  by Don Christianson

arrowWater Softening for Small Water Systems  by Jennifer Koenig

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