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Glencoe mulls surveying commercial water customers for plumbing safety equipment

A proposal to protect Glencoe's water supply from accidental contamination divided the city council.
Councilors debated at the Sept. 4 meeting how the city should go about making certain its water supply is protected from contamination by back flow from existing commercial water customers. The city is considering hiring a firm to survey via on-site inspections existing customers to make certain a back-flow device is in place to protect the city's water supply from contamination. The city sought quotes on surveying companies after passing an ordinance in April requiring the back-flow devices.
Councilors voted 4-1 to table a decision on whether to award a contract with MNSPECT or HydroCorp. Councilor Gary Ziemer opposed the motion to table discussion. The council is waiting for a report on how other cities handle making commercial clients have the required equipment to prevent contamination via back flow. That information should be available at an upcoming meeting of the city council.
Glencoe sought three quotes to conduct a survey. It received quotes from MNSPECT of Waconia for an amount not to exceed $26,500 and the other from HydroCorp. of Lake Elmo for an amount not to exceed $32,490. BSI Engineering of St. Cloud. declined Glencoe's invitation to offer a quote for the requested survey services.
The need for a survey was not unanimous. Councilor Milan Alexander argued the city's responsibility for making certain a business has the appropriate equipment stops at the outside wall of the business.
The city needs to hire a firm to handle the survey since no one on the Glencoe Public Works staff holds the required master plumber's license.

For the complete story, read the Sept. 12 edition of The Chronicle.