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SIP Program: From River to Tap ~ Making the Mississippi into Drinking Water

  • Water Bar & Public Studio 2516 Central Avenue Northeast Minneapolis, MN, 55418 United States (map)

In Minneapolis, tap water comes from the Mississippi River. Join City of Minneapolis Water Quality manager George Kraynick for an illustrated presentation about how Minneapolis sources and treats drinking water. We'll taste a few taps with George, and will talk about some of the emerging issues facing city water systems and the people who depend upon them.


George Kraynick is the manager of Water Quality and Laboratory Services for the City of Minneapolis. He oversees the quality and quantity of water provided to over 400,000 customers in the metropolitan area. He is also a member of the Upper Mississippi River Source Water Protection Project which along with St. Paul and St. Cloud provides a framework to coordinate source water protection based primarily on watershed management, land use planning, and point and non-point pollution control.

Prior to his employment with the City of Minneapolis in 2011, George spent 15 years working at a 40 MGD surface water treatment plant on the Ohio River in Pittsburgh, PA. During that time he spent ten years as a microbiologist and chemist before becoming Assistant Plant Manager and Laboratory Supervisor in 2005.


All SIP Programs are free as a thank you to our SIP Fund supporters. Get a sneak peek at the kinds of art, culture, and environment programs that will be part of the new Water Bar & Public Studio before our doors open to the public. SIP Fund donations support the continued development of this project and space.