WTR23 Treatment Infrastructure Improvements

Project Details:

Project Start Date: 1/1/2011

Ongoing Program: Y

Submitting Department: Public Works - Water

Contact Person: Dale Folen

Level of Need: Significant

Estimated Project Completion Date: 12/31/2026

Department Priority: 2

Contact Phone Number: 612-661-4908

Website: N/A

Project Location:

Address: Water Campuses in Fridley and Columbia Heights

City Sector: City-wide

Affected Neighborhoods: City-wide

Affected Wards: All

Project Description:

Many small to medium-sized improvement projects are necessary to maintain operation of the water treatment plants and pump stations on the drinking water treatment campuses. New projects are identified based on condition assessments and prioritized based on an organized risk evaluation system. Anticipated projects include improvements to obsolete control system infrastructure, repair of aging treatment plant piping, improvements to security and safety systems, replacement of pumps, and chemical storage and feed system improvements.

Purpose and Justification:

The goal is to design and deliver multiple as-needed projects each year to address risk in a timely manner avoiding reactive capital repair projects. The existing water filtration plant in Columbia Heights was constructed from 1913 to 1918 with water to the campus provided by 1900-vintage transmission pipelines. Pre-treatment sections of the 1925 Fridley Filter Plant remain in service. The Fridley Softening Plant was completed around 1940. Each plant has chemical feed systems that have a shorter life than the building structures to be replaced under this program. Ten pump stations ranging in age from 1 to 120 years have 45 pumps and associated motors, valves, and piping. Process control and monitoring equipment need regular updating. All of these facilities, including transmission piping and valves within and between the treatment campuses need replacement of significant parts or systems to maintain operability.

Project Visuals and Map:

Valve Vault during renovation

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 funds.

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

None finalized. Plan for Custom Efficiency rebates (electric power savings) from Xcel Energy where possible.


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.

6.9.5 Support pollution prevention programs as an important first step in maintaining a healthy physical environment.

6.9.6 Manage pollutants at the source in order to prevent degradation of water bodies.

6.9.7 Preserve and enhance the strategic placement of pervious surfaces within the city to decrease the rate and volume of storm water runoff.

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:

Location and Design Review for this project took place on May 4, 2009. The project was found consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan. No additional review is required.

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.


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? 20 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 (goal)

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. Attempts to improve efficiency are pursued wherever possible.

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:

Establish annual goals and schedules for each sub-project. No carry-over from previous years.

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:

Significant flexibility is available, as long as systems remain operational.

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 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 Treatment Infrastructure Improvements project allows us to manage and improve the water treatment infrastructure. All of the facilities need replacement or rehabilitation of significant parts or systems to maintain operability and continue providing high quality drinking water to all customers.

Environmental Justice:

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

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:

We have developed a prioritized list of projects, so that progress in improvements can continue in the case of certain projects being delayed or if other projects must be accelerated due to an imminent need arising.