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Wet your whistle at the Water Bar at State Capitol, celebrate Safe Drinking Water Week

Taste the difference…or can you?


Northeast Minneapolis’ Water Bar will pop up on the steps of the State Capitol in St. Paul to help Minnesota’s many water partners celebrate Safe Drinking Water Week May 6-12 and recognize the importance of safe drinking water for everyone. Water from three different community water supplies will be served from taps. See if you can tell what their sources are. Speakers from state agencies and professional water operators’ associations will talk about current activities to promote public understanding of the journey safe drinking water takes to get to your tap. Legislators and representatives from numerous water stakeholder groups have been invited, and any visitors touring the Capitol are also welcome.


Wednesday, May 9, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

State Capitol steps. If inclement weather, inside in Star of the North Vault.

11 a.m.: Speakers, presentations

Speakers (to include)

• Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm

• Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner John Linc Stine

• Lori Blair, executive director, Minnesota Rural Water Association

• David Brown, chair, Minnesota Section of American Water Works Association

• Randy Ellingboe, drinking water protection manager, Minnesota Department of Health


Safe drinking water is invisible but not invincible. People don’t often see or know how their drinking water gets to their tap every day, 24-7, 365 days a year. Besides the massive investment in pipes and pumps, providing safe drinking water takes extensive partnerships between community water operators, local governments, those who help protect the sources of our drinking water and technical experts at the Minnesota Department of Health and other state and federal agencies. If we don’t maintain both the infrastructure and the partnerships, we weaken our ability to provide low-cost, safe drinking water for all. Speakers will highlight the work that is being done and the ongoing focus needed to keep the water flowing.

The Water Bar & Public Studio is an artist-led public benefit corporation that serves water, builds relationships and transforms culture through the creation of social space, popular education programs, tools and strategies for leadership development and public art projects.



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