The Utilities department of the Public Works Department is responsible for the following sewer and water related tasks:
Testing: Fluroide tests reported daily to the State of Minnesota, chlorine tests monitoring the water system for bacteria control, bacteria, lead, and copper tests reported monthly to the Minnesota Department of Health, hydrant flow testing
Reports: Annual Consumer Confidence Report to residents on the City's water system, annual State reports summarizing water and sewer usage in Newport, DNR reports reviewing water usage within the community
Inspections: Water tanks - cleaning and monitoring of two reservoirs, New installations / repairs of sewer and water mains
Water Mains: Water tapping of newly constructed homes and businesses added to the water system, repair of broken water mains, cleaning and repairs to water main valves
Meters: Meter reads and record keeping of all new and existing accounts, repair and install water meters
Wells: Monitor controls, chemical systems, plumbing, heat, etc. daily
Daily locates of utilities, respond to resident concerns regarding water bills, leaks, water quality, etc.
- Lift Stations: Seven lift stations checked and monitored three times weekly, repairs made as necessary
- Sewer Lines: 19.5 miles of sewer line flushed and rodded at least annually, repairs and adjustments to the height of manholes, inspection of new construction, disconnects and repairs done as necessary
- Annual MWCC reports, training (Wastewater Operator, Waterworks Operator), safety meetings / planning, investigate concerns regarding back-ups, etc.
Emergencies After Hours
Should you encounter a sewer or water emergency after normal Public Works working hours, you may report the matter to Washington County Dispatch at (651) 439-9381.
All water mains in the City of Newport are flushed each
Spring and Fall to protect the water quality. During this time you may
experience low water pressure and / or brown colored water. Please check the
water before washing clothes!!! You can clear your water by running COLD water
only. Please keep an eye out for City personnel during the months of April and
September and warn your children to stay away from work areas.
No Watering Ban
The City of Newport does not impose a watering ban, but
please bear in mind that regular, increased water use can increase your water
Street lights in Newport are owned,
operated, and maintained by Xcel Energy. Residents of Newport are charged a
street light fee on their utility bill to pay for the operation of street lights
throughout the city. If a street light has burned out, malfunctioned, or been
damaged, please call Xcel Energy at 1(800) 960-6235. General questions about
street lights may be directed to the Public Works Department.
Water Quality Report
The City annually publishes the results of its monitoring
of City drinking water in the Consumer Confidence Report. This report is
intended to inform consumers of the need to protect our water resources, as well
as to heighten consumers' understanding of drinking water and the process
involved in making drinking water safe. Please click here to view the 2015 Consumer Confidence Report.