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Possible Taste and Odor Changes in Moorhead's Drinking Water
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Release Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Contact Information:

Kris Knutson, MPS Water Division Manager
218.477.8071 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Bill Schwandt, MPS General Manager
218.477.8004 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Possible Taste and Odor Changes in Moorhead's Drinking Water

To accommodate both projects mentioned below, Moorhead Public Service (MPS) is making a switch in its water supply source from Red River (River) water to primarily Buffalo Aquifer water for the next three weeks. MPS is fortunate to have a redundant water supply—the Buffalo Aquifer (Aquifer)—to utilize during this period of time. During the switch from River water to Aquifer water, customers may notice a slight change in the taste and odor of their drinking water due to the difference in mineral content between the two water sources. It is important that the public is aware that Moorhead’s drinking water will remain safe to drink during the switchover process.

  • In the spring of 2012, Industrial Builders, Inc., began constructing a new River pump station and intake for MPS at the Red River and 14th Avenue South in Moorhead, Minnesota. The next phase of this project requires a tie-in of a new River transmission line to the existing 1959 transmission line. To accomplish this phase of construction, MPS will need to operate without source water from the Red River for a period of time.

  • MPS will conduct a cooperative Buffalo Aquifer study with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MNDNR). The study will enable both MPS and the MNDNR to better understand how the Aquifer would respond to a long-term drought. To achieve significant results for the Aquifer study, the Aquifer will be utilized continuously for three weeks.

Questions about drinking water quality in Moorhead can be directed to MPS’ Water Treatment Plant at 218.477.8070.

MPS is a community-owned utility serving the residents of Moorhead, Minnesota, with electricity and water.

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