There’s a controversy brewing in the Mississippi River city of Brainerd, Minnesota that is about to boil over. On October 28, the Brainerd Public Utilities Commission will debate whether or not to chlorinate the city’s drinking water on a permanent basis. The question for many in the municipality of nearly 14,000 is whether disinfecting is worth potentially changing the taste of water that has been called “the world’s best drink”.
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The vast majority of US water systems add a residual level of chlorine disinfectant to protect water quality as it travels from the treatment plant to the tap. Not so in Brainerd. According to an October 11 article in the Star Tribune, chlorine is added to Brainerd’s water only when bacterial contamination is detected. Chlorination has had to be employed in Brainerd three times since 1987, including in September, when a water main break contaminated the supply, forcing residents … READ MORE >>