Rochester Public Utilities isn't seeing toxic chemicals in water

Minneapolis and the Quad Cities water is contaminated with high levels of toxins.

Posted: Jan 28, 2020 7:43 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Environmental Working Group, or EWG, reports drinking water in dozens of cities across the country, including Minnesota and Iowa, is contaminated with high levels of PFAS. PFAS are also called "forever chemicals." They got that name because they don't break down naturally and will build up in our bodies, potentially causing serious health problems. The Quad Cities in Iowa ranks the second highest area found with toxic PFA chemicals in tap water while Minneapolis sits at 18th.

KIMT reached out to Rochester Public Utilities to see if they're seeing any problems with elevated levels of PFAS. "RPU completed a round of Per-fluoroakyl substances (PFAS) in 2009 & 2014. No PFAS were detected in the water. RPU is working with MN Dept. of Health to additional PFAS testing in 2020. RPU is very pro-active in our source water testing and to date there has been no detections."

Article Comments

Mason City
Broken Clouds
19° wxIcon
Hi: 23° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: 3°
Albert Lea
Clear
16° wxIcon
Hi: 21° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: 7°
Austin
Clear
25° wxIcon
Hi: 25° Lo: 8°
Feels Like: 14°
Charles City
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 25° Lo: 7°
Feels Like: 13°
Rochester
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 24° Lo: 9°
Feels Like: 10°
Below average to finish off the work week
KIMT Radar
KIMT Eye in the sky

Latest Video

Image

Over 1,200 shirts sold for officer Matson

Image

Reducing deadly force encounters

Image

Sara's Daybreak Forecast - Wednesday

Image

2nd shooting in as many days in Mason City

Image

GMLOS wrestling preps for state wrestling tournament

Image

Chris' PM Weather Forecast 2/25

Image

Electric powered bus

Image

Minnesota's precinct caucuses

Image

Clay model for Marion Ross

Image

Second shooting in two days

Community Events