PUC to review research on alternate city water wells
NEW ULM – The New Ulm Public Utilities Commission will meet at 5 p.m. today in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
The PUC will review the Public Utilities Planning and Development Engineer report related to New Ulm Source Water Investigation. The investigation covers recent efforts by the Public Utilities to find new sites for New Ulm’s raw water supply.
Currently, New Ulm has 11 of its 13 raw water supply wells in the flood plain of the Minnesota River. These 11 wells account for 90 percent of the city’s water supply. Protective measure have been established since the 1997 flood, but wells remain inaccessible during a 100-year flood and are at risk during flooding.
The PUC is searching for new source water sites outside the flood plain area, but the diverse subsurface strata around New Ulm has made it difficult. The findings of the investigation into new sites will be presented at the PUC meeting.