Drinking Water Report
Residents on Shorewood city water are able to view yearly testing results conducted on city water. The currentdrinking water report is available. Paper copies are available at city hall, or you can call the city, 952.960.7900, to request a copy by mail. Please direct water questions to Larry Brown, Director of Public Works, 952.960.7913. Residents on the Chanhassen water system can view the Chanhassen water report.
Public Works and Your Water
The Shorewood Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining safe drinking water and reliable sewage disposal. This department operates and maintains the city’s seven water wells, two storage reservoirs, the water distribution system and the sanitary sewer collection system. Staff is also responsible for the water meter reading and repair program.
Concerns About Lead in Water
The most recent occurrence of lead in drinking water for Flint, Michigan has many consumers asking the question, “Is there lead or other contaminants in the water that I consume?” This occurrence also highlights the importance of this resource that we depend on to meet basic needs and sustenance of life. Learn More
If you are not on city water you are responsible for testing the purity of your own well water and of maintaining your well.
Owner's Guide to Wells, Minnesota Department of Health
Well Owner's Handbook, MInnesota Department of Health
City Water and Hardness/Iron Levels
If your home has city water and you have a water softener, the softening level should be set at 22. Iron level for city water is .28 parts per million. Other water questions may be directed to public works at 952.960.7913.
The Public Works Department manages the operation and maintenance of the city’s approximately sixty miles of sanitary sewer collection system. Each year 1/5th of the sewer system is cleaned and suspected problem areas of pipe are televised for inspection and repair purposes. The system contains thirteen sanitary sewer lift stations.
The City of Shorewood obtains its water from seven wells. The water is then pumped into the distribution system following chlorinating and fluoridating. Chlorine and fluoride levels are tested regularly and water samples are sent to the Minnesota Department of Health for bacteria testing.
Public water systems are tested regularly for a variety of contaminants, but if you have a private well, regular testing is up to you. Here are some recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) that you can follow to assure that your well water is safe.
- Arsenic in Well Water
- Underground Utilities
- Stormwater Annual Report (MS4)
- Surface Water Management Plan
The city maintains speed limits according to guidelines from the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Shorewood city council adopted a speed policy to respond to requests for speed limit changes and enforcement. If you notice a speed problem, you may request the Speed Awareness Display (SAD) be placed on the roadway to monitor speeds. Requests should be directed to South Lake Minnetonka Police Department. The SAD is in high demand, so your request will be put on a list and your street will be monitored when possible.