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Chloride Reduction Program for Non-Residential Softening Funded through State of Minnesota

If you operate a non-residential property in the Minnesota cities of AlturaAvon, or Medina, you’re eligible for a free water softening assessment and optimization.

MWQA is working with Fortin Consulting and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to continue keeping waterways in these communities clear of chloride contamination. Water softening is one source of chloride contaminating Minnesota’s freshwater ecosystems, especially those that are connected to wastewater treatment facilities. There’s no economical way to remove chloride from a community’s wastewater, so the best practice for these situations is limiting chloride use at the source.

If you work in Altura, Avon, or Medina at a commercial, industrial, or other non-residential facility that has a water softener, optimize your equipment to help minimize chloride pollution! Commercial and industrial businesses are eligible for free softening system optimizations through MWQA, as well as recommendations and assistance with improvements or replacements. Cost share funding for qualifying chloride reduction opportunities is available through MPCA and the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment.

To sign up for participation in the program, complete the questionnaire on Fortin’s website.

MWQA Dealers Needed for Participation In Optimization Program

If you are a dealer with customers in Altura, Avon or Medina, you are eligible to participate in this program and offer assessments of commercial systems.

MWQA dealers will partner with Fortin Consulting to contact cities that have an explicit need for chloride reduction at local wastewater facilities and in local surface waters. These small cities and utilities will be responsible for engaging with local businesses to reduce salt use.  Businesses, industrial facilities and local buildings will be assessed for needed equipment upgrades that could lead to significant reductions in chloride beyond the term of this project. Business owners will receive quotes for the upgrades, and some will qualify for cost share/rebates using grant funds. Fortin and MWQA will provide assistance to participating businesses and facilities to assist in calculating salt use, obtain a water softening equipment assessment, optimize their equipment for chloride efficiency, and follow through on equipment upgrades. MWQA dealers who participate will be compensated through grant funds. Contact MWQA for more details on participating in the program.

This project is made possible through funding from the Clean Water Land & Legacy Amendment administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.