2015 Drinking Water Report
The City of Princeton is issuing the results of monitoring done on its drinking water for the period from January 1 to December 31, 2015. The purpose of this report is to advance consumers’ understanding of drinking water and heighten awareness of the need to protect precious water resources.
A paper copy is available upon request.
We are helping to save the Monarch butterfly
Princeton Public Utilities and other members of the Southern Minnesota Municipal Power Agency (SMMPA) are making an effort to create habitat for monarch butterflies and other pollinators. This is being done by preparing a site and then planting milkweed plants and a variety of flowering nectar plants. We will then maintain the sites. The PPU site is in the utilities right of way.
SMMPA partnered with Sand County Foundation in developing the program. Sand County Foundation has made addressing the loss of the monarch population a priority issue. In cooperation with Sand County Foundation, Syngenta, a leading agriculture company, is helping fund the SMMPA effort.
SMMPA will acquire necessary seeds from Prairie Restorations, of rural Princeton. The Prairie Restorations “Sowing it Back Together” program uses native Minnesota plant species to help create habitat for pollinators like the monarch.
Pollinators, like bees and butterflies, are a critical component of 30-40 percent of the food supply. Loss of habitat is the major factor in the decline of pollinator populations. Being part of the solution makes sense environmentally and economically.
Be Aware of Phone and Email Scams!
Utility companies across the country are reporting
an increase in scams aimed at customers.
We are aware of it happening in Princeton.
Scammers are targeting all classes of customers, but particularly small businesses such as restaurants. In most cases, a scammer calls during busy hours of operation and threatens to disconnect the utility service unless the customer makes a payment immediately.
Scammers are using various tactics to con customers into providing payment.
Posing as a utility employee scammers have been known to:
Tell the intended victim their account is past due and threaten to disconnect their utility service if they do not make payment immediately.
Require victims to pay using a pre-paid debit card.
Manipulate called ID to display a number which may actually be your utility’s number. This is called “spoofing.”
Email customers phony utility bills that appear to be from an energy provider with an account number, amount due, due date and a link to make the payment.
Protecting personal and financial customer data is a top priority for utilities and we want customers to know how to identify a scam.
Princeton Public Utilities sends a written notice as a reminder to customers regarding a past due bill and a disconnection notice in writing prior to your service being shut off. We also offer several payment options. Be suspicious if a caller insists on the use of a pre-paid debit card or an immediate payment of any kind. HANG UP and contact Princeton Public Utilities at 763-389-2252 to verify your account status and report the attempted scam to local law enforcement. We welcome the call to verify your account status or with any other questions you have.
2015 Princeton Public Safety Day
Public Power Week
Newly Repainted Water Tower
Heartland Auto Electric takes advantage of bonus lighting rebates
Heartland Auto Electric of Princeton completed a lighting retrofit at their facility by replacing 45 existing 400 Watt high-intensity discharge (HID) metal halide fixtures with 6 lamp 4 foot fluorescent super F32T8 fixtures. Heartland also retrofitted all their existing T12 fixtures with T8s. To help them defray some of the costs for these efficient upgrades, Princeton Public Utilities provided Heartland with a lighting rebate of $6,489, which included a limited time bonus of $10 per fixture. Because of their efforts, Heartland is saving approximately $3,300 per year from this lighting upgrade.
The bonus rebate that Heartland received is offered to all Princeton Public Utilities electric business customers through December 31. It applies to each new fixture installed when replacing any existing HID high bay fixtures (on ceilings heights greater than 15 feet) with linear fluorescents or LED fixtures. You can also receive another $10 bonus rebate for each new occupancy sensor installed to control any qualified new high bay fixtures. These bonus rebates are in addition to our standard fixture and sensor rebates.
Walmart and Princeton Public Utilities Promote Energy Efficiency
Princeton Public Utilities recently provided Walmart with various energy efficiency rebates for their new store. With PPU’s wide range of program offerings, Walmart qualified for rebates through the use of: high efficiency air-conditioning; cooler and freezer cases with LED lighting, no-energy and low-energy glass doors, and high-efficiency fans; and energy-efficient lighting including LEDs and fluorescent fixtures that dim when sunlight is present.
Newest Generation Plant Engine: Cat D3616, Installed 2003