City to provide tap water at upcoming Aquatennial events

Hot weather means thousands of people attending Wednesday's Aquatennial CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade will need to stay hydrated. High temperatures are expected to stick around Saturday, when an even bigger crowd is expected along the downtown riverfront for the Target Fireworks. To help everyone beat the heat, the City of Minneapolis will have tap water stations in place for these two popular events. Visitors are strongly advised to bring reusable water bottles so they can stay hydrated.

The parade often takes place on one of the hottest evenings of the summer, and this year is no exception. Tomorrow’s high is expected to approach the 90 degree mark. Similar weather is also expected Saturday.

For tomorrow’s parade, water stations will be on both sides of Hennepin at the intersections of 6th Street, 9th Street, 11th Street and Spruce Place/Laurel Avenue. On Saturday, tap water stations are planned on West River Parkway on the downtown side of the Mississippi River, and on Main Street in Saint Anthony Main.


Minneapolis is the state’s largest producer of drinking water. We make around 60 million gallons of clean tap water every day that meets or surpasses federal and state guidelines for water safety. Unlike bottled water, which often costs more than gasoline, Minneapolis tap is a bargain at less than half a cent a gallon. Plus, drinking Minneapolis tap water is a better choice for the environment because it creates less waste: no shipping or single-use plastic bottles are needed for folks to enjoy it.

Minneapolis tap water goes to thousands of homes and businesses throughout Minneapolis, Bloomington, Columbia Heights, Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, Hilltop and the Morningside neighborhood of Edina. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport also gets Minneapolis tap water.

You can get more information on the quality and value of Minneapolis tap water at


The Official Civic Celebration of the City of Minneapolis offers outstanding entertainment and activities in the City of Lakes for all ages. It is managed and produced by the Minneapolis Downtown Council and its sponsors. For more information, please visit or call 612-376-7669.


The Minneapolis Downtown council works to preserve and enhance a vital and attractive downtown for the people who invest, work, shop, visit and live in Minneapolis.  Founded in 1955 and one of the oldest central business district associations in the nation, the Minneapolis Downtown Council produces such cherished Minneapolis events as the Aquatennial and Holidazzle Parade.  For more information, visit

Published Jul 18, 2012



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