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Posted on: August 20, 2021

Clean Water for Cottage Grove

Clean Water for Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove Continues Aggressive Improvements to Long Term Water Supply System as State Announces Settlement Distribution 
3.5 years of advocacy on behalf of residents has resulted in significant change, with even bigger changes coming in the next two to five years.

Cottage Grove, Minnesota (AUGUST 18) – The City of Cottage Grove will receive $91 million through the 3M settlement agreement; an amount civic leaders and engineers plan to use strategically to ensure the implementation of a long-term water supply and treatment plan to meet the city’s needs and robust growth now, and for decades to come.  
“This is a day to celebrate. Our residents have been patient and city teams have continued to diligently work toward this day. We have already been using 3M settlement proceeds to extend city water and improve water treatment throughout the City, and I can assure you, we won’t delay in using these newly allocated funds. As Cottage Grove continues to grow at a rapid pace, our teams have designed a water system to accommodate that growth. We will use these acquired funds for water infrastructure and operational costs for at least the next 20 years,” Mayor Myron Bailey explained.

Improvement plans include but are not limited to, the construction of two new, long-term, permanent water treatment plants located at 110th Street and Ideal Avenue and near the Central Fire Station on 80th Street. These two projects alone represent a $30 to $50 million investment in the City’s future, robust treatment system. Additionally, a new well will be constructed near 100th Street, with plans to extend City water to more than 75 additional homes as well. City engineering teams intend to complete this work within the next 5 years.
The community-wide, educational campaign the City is launching in conjunction with the distribution of the settlement funds, and the immediate implementation of the long-term projects is called “Clean Water for Cottage Grove.” 

“Through the use of settlement funds, and within the past year alone, the City of Cottage Grove has already started preliminary design work for the new treatment plants, extended City water to more than 150 homes and worked closely with the state on cutting-edge, resin filtration technology (with assistance from scientists at Johns Hopkins University). We want to assure our residents we have been persistently pushing to obtain this settlement money and produce change that will maintain confidence in the City’s water for the long-term future,” City Public Works Director and Engineer Ryan Burfeind said. Within the past few years, Cottage Grove has also built three new, temporary treatment plants using state-distributed funds, without using taxpayer dollars.

For those interested, more information regarding previous and future water treatment improvement efforts can be found at

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