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Brandon honored for protecting drinking water

The city of Brandon has been chosen as one of four recipients of the Source Water Protection Award, given by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Rural Water Association.

The honor recognizes the city's ongoing commitment to protecting the community's drinking water.

Since Brandon's wellhead protection plan earned approval in December 2014, the city has taken steps to protect its drinking water supply, including sampling soil and groundwater to assess risk from seed storage buildings and a fertilizer production facility, investigating leak sites and leaking storage tanks and installing wellhead protection signs.

"The city of Brandon has become a leader and fine example for other public water systems in the state as they seek to safeguard their drinking water," Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger said in a letter to the city.

On Thursday, May 4, Brandon's maintenance supervisor Ryan Skillings and city clerk and treasurer Debra Grommesh were presented with a certificate signed by Gov. Mark Dayton recognizing the city's protection efforts.

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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