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Citywide chlorination set for Oct. 8

According to a release by the City of Hastings, on Monday, Oct. 8, low-level chlorination throughout the city’s entire water distribution system will begin.

A low concentration of chlorine will be injected throughout the system while the city researches permanent disinfection options for the public water system. This level is safe for humans and animals to drink, cook and bathe in as normal.

The city expects to report back to Hastings City Council by the end of the year with the findings of a feasibility study.

The Minnesota Department of Health conducted a Level 2 Assessment of the public water system following an incident Sept. 22 where bacterial contamination was found to be in part of the distribution system. Results of that assessment were unable to pinpoint an exact source of bacteria.

Possible causes included a change in flow pattern due to seasonal changes in usage, a backflow event in the system caused by improper depressurization of an irrigation system, or from new water main construction.