ST. CLOUD -- The Minnesota Department of Health is recognizing St. Cloud's "ongoing commitment" to protecting the community's water supply.

The Source Water Protection Award will be presented to the city on August 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the East St. Germain Parking Lot Rain Garden.

St. Cloud is being awarded for big projects over the past few years including, the Northeast Regional Treatment System, and Northeast Sump Manholes. The recently finished Northeast St. Cloud Water Quality Project prevents 10,200 pounds of sediment and 20 pounds of phosphorus from entering the Mississippi River each year.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger praised St. Cloud, saying the city is a great example.

"The city of St. Cloud has become a leader and fine example for other public water systems in the state as they seek to safeguard their drinking water."

St. Cloud will be the site of one of Governor Dayton's Water Quality Town Halls in September. It will be September 6 from 6:30 p.m. - 8: 30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Technical and Community College cafeteria.

The Mississippi is the sole source of drinking water for St. Cloud and Minneapolis, and the primary source for St. Paul.