September 9, 2014 EVENING UPDATE.

After a second round of testing water City wide, Brainerd Public Utilities and Minnesota Department of Health have determined our water system is once again safe.  The current boil order has been lifted, and we have started advising customers that they can once again drink and cook with the City's water supply.  However, chlorination will continue temporarily.


September 9, 2014 AM UPDATE. 

It was decided at the special commission meeting yesterday that we will chlorinate the water for a month, and possibly longer, depending on when water tower repair is done. 

There were 40 water tests taken yesterday and if they all come back negative, the boil order will be taken away.  It will not be known until approximately 8:00 pm tonight on the tests. 

Permanent chlorination will begin to be discussed at the September Commission meeting.


There are reports that our water system has E Coli in it.  Those reports are false. There was only one positive test for total Coliform, which is an indicator for possible contamination which was NOT found.


Brainerd Public Utilities is adding chlorine to disinfect the water system.

What may be the health effects? The chlorination of the system is not an emergency.  Consumers with health concerns related to chlorine in drinking water may choose to use bottled water or a safe alternative source during this period.

We will be adding chlorine to the system starting on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  The addition of chlorine to disinfect the water may react with iron and/or manganese that may be deposited in the water mains, breaking it loose and causing some temporary discoloration of the water.  This could cause a black or reddish-brown color, but it does not present a health threat. 

Consumers may want to let the water run for a few minutes to flush plumbing of discolored water before using it for cooking or laundry.  Fish tanks and bait shops should not use chlorinated water in the tanks. 

BPU crews will be flushing the water system starting on Sunday, September 7th.

For more information, please see our website at or refer to for factsheets on Drinking Water Advisories.  General guidelines regarding water quality safety are available from the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1(800)426-4791.

This Notice is being sent to you by Brainerd Public Utilities. Water System ID #1180002.


For more information click this link:  Community Drinking Water Advisories


Phone Numbers

Business Office  (Fax number 829-4703) 829-8726
Questions on billing statements, deposits or other billing questions, call and talk with Kelly D. 825-3207
Moving in or out of a rental, or selling/purchasing a home or business call and talk with AnnMarie.
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Want to pay using a credit card (Visa or MasterCard), have questions about payments or to set up automatic bank pay, call and talk with Kara.   Bank Pay/Credit Card 825-3201
If you are past due on your account and would like to set up a payment arrangement, call and talk with Lori.
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Questions regarding Stormwater charges or Wastewater Collection, call the City Engineer's Office. 828-2309
Repair Office   (Fax number 829-2308) 829-2193
Maintenance of utilities, power outages, water leak emergencies, trees in the lines, etc, call and talk with Kelly. 829-2193
Questions regarding wiring permits call and talk with Jim 825-3210
Sewer back up-Call City Engineer (Street and Sewer Department) 828-2309
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