The Owatonna Public Utilities is being recognized for its protection of the city's drinking water supply. A certificate signed by Gov. Mark Dayton will be presented on Tuesday.

In a media release from the Minnesota Department of Health, OPU is credited with working in many ways to eliminate potential sources of contamination in Owatonna's drinking water supply. Providing money for the sealing of unused city wells and raising two city wells above the 100-year floodplain are among the actions cited.

A letter to the utility from Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger states, "The partnerships you have built and the stakeholders you have engaged to secure the long-term protection of the drinking water source for the city of Owatonna will serve the community for years to come."

Owatonna Public Utilities Waterworks Operators Myron Volker and Roger Noble and Water Design Engineer Brian Clausen will be presented with the certificate on Tuesday at the OPU facility.

The recognition comes just days before a national day of action to educate citizens of the importance of water in our everyday lives. Imagine a Day Without Water is Thursday, September 15.