The Fargo Water Treatment Plant (WTP) uses a combination of water from both the Red River and Sheyenne River, with the Sheyenne River being used nearly 40 percent of the time. Unfortunately, changing water quality in the Sheyenne River is challenging the City’s ability to utilize this important water source.
In 2010, the City of Fargo retained Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services in association with a national consultant to complete a Facility Plan to study treatment options and to conduct an extensive Pilot Testing Program, which began in 2011. Following recommendations from the Facility Plan and the results of the Pilot Testing Program, the AE2S team was retained to prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for the Fargo Membrane WTP project.
Final design of the project commenced in 2013 with the Membrane WTP operational in late 2018. The PER was submitted to the North Dakota Department of Health (NDDH) as part of the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF). The City of Fargo received $30 million in grant funding, along with approximately $66 million in SRLF loan funds, to help fund this project.
This project included the construction of a new Membrane WTP along with various improvements to the existing WTP. The Membrane WTP is capable of treating raw water from either of the City’s source waters with a treatment capacity of 15 million gallons per day (MGD).