Each spring, Shoreview Utility Maintenance crews flush fire hydrants to ensure their reliability and to remove any mineral buildup in the system.
Residents may notice discolored water for a short period after nearby hydrants have been flushed. Although the water is safe for consumption, you may want to reschedule laundry or other work that may be affected by the discolored water. If the water is discolored, flush out your service pipes by running the laundry tub faucet or the outside faucets.
Water Treatment Plant
The City of Shoreview began treating its drinking water and using the new water treatment plant (WTP) in 2016. The WTP removes iron and manganese from the water source while continuing to provide a supply of high-quality water.
Water hardness in Shoreview averages 15 grains, which is considered "moderately hard." Consider this number when setting your water softener. While using a water softener is not required, many individuals choose to have private water softeners installed. Home water softeners are installed by Shoreview residents according to their personal preferences. The City does not provide recommendations covering manufacturers, service agreements, or maintenance on settings for home water softener units.
Water Quality Report
This report contains information for the period January 1 to December 31, 2017.
Homes currently connected to city water may still have an unsealed well located in the basement well room, or in the yard.
Unsealed wells can potentially allow water just below the ground to contaminate the deeper drinking water aquifers used for city water. A well that is no longer in use can be a potential threat to health, safety, and the environment, especially in sensitive areas such as drinking water supply management or wellhead protection areas.
Sealing is a process of clearing an unused well of debris and filling the well with a special material called grout.
Protecting the Groundwater is Everybody's Business
Do you currently have a well that you’re not using? Again, think about this: Unsealed abandoned wells provide direct pathways for contaminants to quickly enter groundwater. Groundwater is the main source of drinking water for most people in the metro area – and protecting it is in the best interest of your community and future generations.
If you have a well that is not currently in use and has not been sealed, please note that the State of Minnesota requires property owners to obtain a Water Well Maintenance Permit or to have the well sealed. If you choose to continue using your well for irrigation, no permit is required.