WTR31 Electrical Service Rehabilitation

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/1/18

Ongoing Program: N

Submitting Department: Public Works - Water

Contact Person: Brittany Pentek

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/31/25

Department Priority: 4

Contact Phone Number: 612-849-2492


Project Location:

Address: Pump Station 5 Area on Fridley Campus

City Sector: City-wide

Affected Neighborhoods: City-wide

Affected Wards: All

Project Description:

The project will rehabilitate the incoming electrical service equipment at the water treatment campus in Fridley and the raw and primary finished water pump station (Pump Station 5). The existing electrical components and systems vary in age from 40 to 90+ years. The project will replace Switchgear, Motor Control Centers, Transformers, electrical duct bank, main Bus-bar conductors and supporting equipment and materials. The new system will include modern controls and communications to improve efficiency. The new equipment also will include provisions for future connections to alternative and renewable energy sources.

Purpose and Justification:

Pumps, and the electrical power serving them, are vital to delivering water into treatment and on to our customers. The existing electrical equipment has worked effectively for such a long time but many of the components are nearing the end of their life as documented by initial detailed condition assessments. Modern electrical equipment will include many safety enhancements which will help protect personnel as well as the equipment. The new control systems will allow increased efficiency of operation, which is important since the pump station is the largest consumer of power in the City. A sequence of priorities has been developed to coordinate the most needed changes first while maintaining continuous operation.

Project Visuals and Map:

Incoming 13,800 volt switch house and transformers

Project Cost Breakdown

Department Funding Request


Have Grants for this Project been secured?


Describe status and timing details of secured or applied for grants or other non-City funding sources:

All funding for this project is planned to come from water enterprise revenue and bond funds.

Describe any collaborative arrangements with outside project partners, including who they are and what their role is with the project:

None planned. Timelines and design are shared with Xcel Energy should they want to do repair or upgrade work without causing additional shutdowns on individual service lines.


State Law Chapter 462.356 (Subd. 2) requires review of all capital improvements for compliance with the comprehensive municipal plan. Chapter 13, Section 4 of the City Charter requires Location and Design Review for the purpose of approving the sale of bonds for these projects. Describe how the project is consistent with the adopted City/Park Board comprehensive plans and how the project implements goals and policies as stated in the adopted plans, including specific policy references:

The project complies with The Minneapolis Plan for Sustainable Growth (the City’s comprehensive plan) through the following specific references:

Public Services and Facilities: Through sound management and strategic investments, Minneapolis will maintain and develop public services and facilities that promote health, safety and an enhanced quality of life for all members of this growing community.

Policy 5.4: Enhance the safety, appearance, and effectiveness of the city’s infrastructure.

5.4.1 Maintain and improve the quality and condition of public streets, sidewalks, bridges, water systems, and other public infrastructure.

5.4.2 Plan for and provide public facilities which anticipate growth needs, use fiscal resources efficiently, and meet realistic timelines.

5.4.3 Prioritize capital improvements according to an objective set of criteria consistent with adopted goals and policies, including those of The Minneapolis Plan.

Environment: Minneapolis will promote sustainable design practices in the preservation, development, and maintenance of its natural and built environments, provide equal access to all of the city’s resources and natural amenities, and support the local and regional economy without compromising the needs of future generations.

Policy 6.9: Be a steward of clean water by protecting and enhancing its surface and groundwater systems.

6.9.1 Continue to invest in maintaining excellent water quality for consumption, and ensure delivery of safe drinking water to customers.

6.9.3 Accomplish the guiding principles of the city’s Local Surface Water Management Plan, which are to protect people, property and the environment; maintain and enhance infrastructure; provide cost-effective services in a sustainable manner; meet or surpass regulatory requirements; educate and engage the public and stakeholders, and enhance livability and safety.

6.9.4 Encourage consumer use of the municipal water supply to reduce reliance on bottled water and the waste stream water bottles generate.

Provide the date that Location and Design Review was conducted for the project, the outcome of that analysis and the date formal action was taken by the Planning Commission:

Reviews with the Planning Commission will be a future task.

Economic Development

Will the project contribute to growth in the city’s tax base?

No impact on existing tax base.

Describe the economic development impact of the project:

Not applicable.

Does the project support redevelopment opportunity that without the project would be infeasible?

Not applicable.


Is the proposed project on an existing or planned transitway, transit route, or high-volume pedestrian corridor? If yes, provide details on how the project will improve the transit and/or pedestrian experience.

Not applicable.

Does the proposed project anticipate multi-modal enhancements (sidewalks, bicycle or transit facilities)? Provide details.

Not applicable.

Is the right-of-way constrained and do you anticipate that modes of travel will be competing for space? Provide details, is there potential for innovative design options? Provide details

Not applicable.

Operating Impacts

Operations & Capital Asset Maintenance:

Is this request for new or existing infrastructure? Existing

What is the expected useful life of the project/Improvement? 50 years

Year that Operating Incr/(Decr) will take effect? N/A

What is the estimated annual operating cost increase or (decrease) for this project? $0

Any Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations? No

Prior Year Remaining Bond Authorizations: N/A

Describe how operating cost increases or decreases were determined and include details such as personnel costs, materials, contracts, energy savings, etc:

Planning for neutral change or decrease in operating cost. Upgrading the equipment will allow smarter controls to reduce peak usage on high power equipment while maintaining the level of service to customers.

If new infrastructure, discuss how the department/agency will pay for the increased annual operating costs:

Not applicable.

For new infrastructure, describe the estimated timing and dollar amount of future capital investment required to realize the full expected useful life of the project:

Not applicable.

Project Coordination

Describe completion status for ongoing projects and how and when the department/agency plans to use the prior year remaining bond authorizations:

The project was initiated in 2019 with the design of upgrades to the electrical components of the major raw and finished water pump station happening in parallel with condition assessment of other major campus electrical infrastructure. Based on that initial work, five major phases of the overall program are planned:

• Raw/Finished Water Pump Station Starter Replacement: Design 2019 – 2020, Procurement 2020 – 2021, Construction 2021 – 2023

• Main Campus Switchgear Replacement: Procurement 2021-2022, Design and Construction 2022

• Fridley Softening Plant 480V Electrical Service: Design and Procurement 2023-2024, Construction 2024

• North Campus Switchgear and Electrical Service: Design and Procurement 2023-2024, Design and Construction 2025

• Miscellaneous prioritized electrical improvements: 2023 – 2026

If this is a new project, describe the major project phases and timing anticipated for completing the project:

Not applicable.

Scalability/Funding Allocation Flexibility – discuss any flexibility to increase or decrease funding among the years in the five-year plan and the most that could be spent in a given year:

Minimal flexibility will be allowed to adjust work between years once the phased plan is initiated because the build-out of the electrical distribution system is set.

Minneapolis Goals and Strategic Direction

Minneapolis is a growing and vibrant world-class city with a flourishing economy and a pristine environment, where all people are safe, healthy and have equitable opportunities for success and happiness.Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals. Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Below is a description of how this project meets each of the City's Goals.

Public Safety

Collaborative and community-inclusive strategies to ensure safety for all members of our community:

The water supply system is vital to fire-fighting safety for the entire city. The Electrical Services Rehabilitation project will replace and strengthen major infrastructure components needed to deliver water to the city.


The City prioritizes equitable access to safe, stable, accessible, and affordable housing to eliminate racial disparities in housing:

Economic Development

The City prioritizes economic inclusion so that all workers and families are supported and People of Color, Indigenous and Immigrant (POCII)-owned businesses in all sectors can thrive.

Public Services

The City prioritizes reliable and equitable access to high-quality public services.

The Electrical Services Rehabilitation project will extend the life and reliability of the water supply system for the whole city.

Environmental Justice:

The City prioritizes sustainable practices and renewable resources to equitably address climate change while restoring and protecting our soil, water and air.

The Electrical Services Rehabilitation project will create possibilities for connecting renewable energy.

Built Environment & Transportation:

The City prioritizes high quality neighborhoods, streets, infrastructure and equitable access to multimodal transportation in all parts of the City through thoughtful planning and design.

Public Health:

The City Prioritizes positive youth development so that all children can grow healthy and safe:

Arts and Culture:

The City prioritizes arts and culture as important part of inclusive economic development and placemaking in our communities:

Additional Information

Add any additional information you feel is important for the CLIC committee, Mayor, City Council members or the general public to know about this potential project and why it should be approved:

Electricity is required to power pumps to move water, so increasing the reliability of the electrical system supports the reliability of the water service. Optimizing pumping will allow the City to decrease its monthly energy costs, and make the City a better steward of existing resources and the environment.