Jan 03, 2007

Fargo Proposes $30 Million Water Project

City engineers in Fargo, N.D., are working on a $30 million project in order to bring more drinking water into the area.

The Forum reports that the city plans to bury a 36-inch pipeline from the Fifth Street water treatment plant to a 6 million-gallon reservoir.

The reservoir will then feed additional water towers planned in the southwest area of the city.

The project will initially be funded with revenue from the 1-cent city sales tax for infrastructure that was approved by voters in June. The 20-year sales tax will take effect Jan. 1, 2009.

The project will include the largest water main ever installed in the city. Currently, the largest main is a 30-inch segment along 13th Avenue South.

Bruce Grubb, Fargo’s enterprise director, told The Forum that the city plans to use North Dakota’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to finance the pipeline and reservoir and pay back the state with sales-tax revenue.

The state program requires the city to hold public meetings on the project, so residents will have be able to contribute input in terms of the pipeline’s location.

The pipeline and reservoir are estimated to cost $19 million and $11 million, respectively.