St. Paul is advising residents that the entire water system will be shut down for major repairs beginning at 8:00AM on January 20th. Water service is estimated to resume the morning of the following day.
The shutdown is for the purpose of installing a generator auto transfer switch and replace a booster pump isolation valve at the City’s water treatment plant.
The City has issued a Notice concerning the shutdown, and residents are advised to boil tap water once the shutdown begins and when water service resumes. The Notice may be downloaded here:
Two years ago for a planned water system shutdown, the City brought in several portable toilets, and arranged for Marion County Emergency Services to truck in a potable water supply. No such arrangements have been announced this time.
The French Prairie Outlook recommends that residents stockpile sufficient water for personal uses and flushing toilets during the outage.