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Environmental quality department recognizes city for safe drinking water achievement

By Sue Sitter - | Apr 17, 2021

Sue Sitter/PCT City of Rugby Water Plant Supervisor Greg Boucher stands at the front of the water treatment facility.

The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality has recognized the City of Rugby for its compliance with the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act with a certificate of achievement.

A statement released by the city said, “The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was passed by Congress in 1974 to protect public health by regulating the nation’s public drinking (potable) water supplies. Over the years, there have been a number of changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act. These changes have made it more challenging to maintain compliance. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality issues a Safe Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement as one way to recognize the public water systems that satisfied all applicable requirements during the previous calendar year.”

The department recognized the City of Rugby had “complied with all applicable Safe Drinking Water Act requirements” for 2020 with their Safe Drinking Water Certificate of Achievement, given to the City of Rugby during the first week of April.

“The City of Rugby commends its water system staff for a job well done from which its consumers benefited,” the statement said.

City Water Plant Supervisor Greg Boucher said the system has kept him busy lately with tasks such as replacing the plant’s carbon dioxide tank. “With all the stuff that’s going on, I watch it really close,” Boucher said, adding, “I have one other guy, Dale Klein helping me.”

“We check the water every day,” Boucher added. “We make sure the chlorine level is right and make sure all the tests are right so we can keep on going.”

Boucher, who lives in Rugby, said, “I definitely drink our water. The quality’s one of the best in the state. Our city is one of the best in the state for water quality.”

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