Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU) is taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of its water supply by initiating a citywide inventory of lead and copper water service lines. This comprehensive project aims to identify and address any potential risks associated with such lines to provide the community with the safest water possible.
The Environmental Protection Agency has set guidelines to assist utilities in conducting thorough inventories of lead and copper service lines. These guidelines emphasize the importance of identifying the material of service lines and creating an accurate record to manage and mitigate potential lead and copper exposure. BPU is committed to adhering to these guidelines to guarantee the success of their inventory project.
In addition to the EPA guidelines, Brainerd Public Utilities is aligning its efforts with the Minnesota Department of Health’s guidance related to copper and lead service lines. State-level guidance allows region-specific insights and recommendations that are tailored to the unique needs and considerations of Minnesota.
The inventory, which is expected to begin this month, will involve a systematic assessment of water service lines throughout Brainerd. Our crew of seasoned professionals will be working diligently to identify and document these hazardous materials, enabling BPU to create an action plan going forward for those affected residents.
Brainerd Public is committed to prioritizing the safety of our customers by addressing any potential issues and advocating on behalf of the customer. BPU hopes to demonstrate our commitment to transparency, accountability, and the well-being of our residents.