The Public Works Department is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the City’s water storage, supply, treatment, and the entire distribution system. The goal is to provide a sufficient supply of clean water for use by the people of Montgomery and their businesses. Improvements to the water system are funded through new development, special assessments, and the monthly utility bill for water.
The City of Montgomery has its drinking water monitored. The purpose of this is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources. Please review the latest drinking water report regarding Montgomery’s drinking water.
Water Filtration Plant
In 2005 the City of Montgomery built a new Water Filtration Plant. The plant consistently removes 98% of the iron (red stuff) and manganese (black stuff) from Montgomery's water. The plant also removes radium. The plant also chlorinates and fluoridates to the water to enhance public health. The plant provides some of the best tasting and safest drinking water in Minnesota.
The Water Filtration Plant has the ability to produce over a million gallons of filtered water per day and is sized to handle significant population growth.
The Water Filtration Plant has a large 600 kilowatt generator which ensures citizens will have water during power outages.
The City of Montgomery built its 500,000 gallon elevated water storage tank in 2005. This storage provides the necessary degree of water pressure and ensures
an adequate supply of water for responding to fire, even during the dog days of summer when water demand is greatest.Wells
The City of Montgomery utilizes four (4) wells to supply the entire system with water. The wells range from 529 to 531 feet deep that draw water from the Franconia-Ironton-Galesville aquifer.
Montgomery Water Usage
The average daily residential water use for Montgomery is about 80 gallons per person per day. The City bills monthly for water and sewer usage and bills are typically mailed out aroundd the 15th day of each month. All monthly bills are due on the last day of the month.
Additional Water Meters
A second water meter may be installed in homes or businesses to measure outdoor water usage. Currently each new residence built in the City shall have two (2) water meters. The meter that measures the water usage that will enter the municipal sanitary sewer system will be charged sanitary sewer charges.
The process of flushing hydrants prevent buildup of deposits in water mains. When flushing hydrants, homes down stream of the hydrant may see redness for a short time in the water. The opening of the hydrant causes a water scouring effect that cleans the lines and insures a proper operation and longer lasting water system. Residents in this area may experience some temporary discoloration of their water during this period. To prevent staining of laundry, water quality should be checked by allowing the cold water to run for a few minutes. Running the water will generally clear up any water quality problems. If stains from the water appear on laundered clothes, do not put the clothes in the dryer, as this will set the stains. Washing the clothes again usually will remove any stains.
Conserving water is always a good idea and everyone is encouraged to use water efficiently. However, the City of Montgomery currently does not have watering restrictions. In the event the City does determine a shortage of water threatens the City, it may limit the times and hours during which water may be used from the City water system for lawn and garden sprinkling, irrigation, car washing, air conditioning, and other uses. It is unlawful for any water consumer to cause or permit water to be used in violation of such determination after public announcement has been made through the news media specifically indicating the restrictions.
Wellhead Protection is a way to prevent drinking water from becoming polluted by managing potential sources of contamination in the area which supplies water to a public well. Much can be done to prevent pollution, such as the wise use of land and chemicals. Public health is protected and expense of treating polluted water or drilling new wells is avoided though wellhead protection efforts.
The public water system utilized by the residents of Montgomery is required to delineate, inventory, and manage an inner wellhead management zone. Additionally, the city must also create a formal wellhead protection plan. The wellhead protection planning process itself is broken down into two parts. Part 1 involves delineation of the wellhead protection area and drinking water supply management area, as well as an assessment of the well(s) vulnerability. Part 2 involves the creation of the wellhead protection plan itself, including goals, objectives, plan of action, evaluation program, and contingency plan.
The City of Montgomery had adopted a Wellhead Protection Plan and is currently working towards achieving the various goals set forth in it.