Water Quality

Austin Utilities publishes an annual report showing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water.  The purpose of this report is to advance consumers' understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources.
Austin Utilities 2016 Water Quality Report

Lead in Water

 
Testing
Austin Utilities follows federally mandated testing requirements for lead in water.  30 Locations throughout Austin are sampled once every three years.  The last round of tests were done in 2013.  None of the 30 sites were above the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) of 15 parts per billion, allowed by the EPA.


Preventive Measures

Water from the wells in Austin has lead below detectable amounts.  Austin Utilities takes steps to prevent lead from getting into our drinking water.  To prevent corrosion, or the leeching of lead into water from lead pipes or lead in plumbing fixtures, Austin Utilities adds Polyphosphate to the water from the wells.


Where can I get more information?

The Minnesota Department of Health has a lot of relevant information, go HERE to read more.

Let it Run! - An informational sheet about lead in water.
 
What Can I Do?
Let your water run for 60 seconds before taking water for drinking or cooking.  This will clear any water that may have leeched lead from plumbing fixtures.
If you want your water tested for lead, you may contact the Southern Minnesota Water Analysis Laboratory (SEMWAL) in Rochester at 507-328-7495.  They can mail you a kit for taking a sample for testing.  There is a nominal charge for this test.  A private lab in New Ulm is Minnesota Valley Testing Lab, you can contact them at 800-783-3557