September 20, 2017

Contact

Chris Brungardt
Public Works Director
Phone:(701) 433-5400
Address: 810 12th Ave. NW
West Fargo, ND 58078

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New Water Source Project

The City of West Fargo is truly “A City on the Grow!” Our population has grown very quickly since the year 2000. Unfortunately, the aquifer that has supplied the City’s water cannot continue to meet the needs of our growing population, which is currently estimated at over 30,000 people. The City of West Fargo decided in 2015 to begin purchasing water from the City of Fargo as it is the most economical option for the City and its residents. 

Construction of the interconnection project began in March 2016 and West Fargo residents can expect the new water supply to arrive this summer. Public Works developed the following list of frequently asked questions about the West Fargo water supply project to share with utility customers. If you have additional questions about the water transition, you are welcome to call West Fargo Public Works at 701-433-5400 on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

West Fargo will use CodeRED phone and text alerts over the coming months to inform specific neighborhoods when Public Works will flush the City’s drinking water pipelines during the water supply transition. West Fargo residents can stay informed about the flushing schedule by signing up for CodeRED phone and text alerts. Sign up for CodeRED here and be sure to check the “General Notifications” box to ensure that you will receive the City’s utility messages in addition to emergency notifications.

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May 27 Fri

The City wants residents to be aware of the upcoming flushing process.

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May 25 Wed

View which neighborhoods have been flushed, and which zones are scheduled to be flushed next.

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May 20 Fri

We will be test flushing all next week getting ready for the tie in to Fargo.

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May 18 Wed

The City of West Fargo will hold a public meeting.

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May 18 Wed

Water Quality Reports for your review.

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Apr 14 Thu

Stay up to date! Sign-Up for CodeRED to Receive Water Project Alerts.

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May 25 Wed

The City of West Fargo will hold a public meeting regarding the upcoming transition to drinking water from the City of Fargo.

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New Water Source FAQs

The City of West Fargo’s population has grown very quickly since the year 2000. Unfortunately, the aquifer that has supplied the City’s water cannot continue to meet the needs of our growing population, which is currently estimated at over 30,000 people.

The City of West Fargo looked into several options before deciding in 2015 to begin purchasing water from the City of Fargo in 2016 because it is the most economical option for the City and its residents. If the City of West Fargo had decided to build a new Water Treatment Plant, water bills were projected to increase by $9.29 per 1000 gallons to pay for the new infrastructure.
The City of Fargo plans to begin pumping water into West Fargo’s water distributions system starting in June 2016. Throughout the month of June, a final flush of the system will be completed before the new water supply is distributed throughout West Fargo.
West Fargo customers will continue to receive a utility bill from the City of West Fargo. The cost is expected to be $7.00 per 1,000 gallons.
There are no health concerns associated with the transition to Fargo’s water supply as it contains a similar concentration of chloramine (chlorine and ammonia) disinfectant residual as West Fargo’s water. The water from the Fargo Water Treatment Plant is safe to consume for the general public as well as vulnerable populations such as the elderly, infants, or those with chronic health problems. The City of Fargo’s most recent WaterQuality Report can be accessed here. The report indicates no violations of the EPA’s drinking water limits.
No. Many cities in the U.S. and Canada have used chloramines for decades, including the Cities of West Fargo and Fargo. This chloramine residual used by the City of Fargo is the same disinfectant residual that is present in West Fargo’s current water.
Yes. Chloramines have been used safely in the U.S. and Canada for many years, including in the water supplies of the Cities of West Fargo and Fargo. Chloramines are approved for water disinfection by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chloramines kill disease-causing organisms that could be found in drinking water. The City of Fargo’s chloraminated water is just as safe for drinking, cooking, and bathing as the City of West Fargo’s chloraminated water.
The Fargo Water Treatment Plant will continue to sample and analyze treated water quality at the Fargo to meet the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Water samples will also be collected by West Fargo distribution system operators to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.
The new water contains a similar concentration of chloramine disinfectant residual as the current West Fargo water, so aquarium owners should use the same dechlorinating techniques. However, the new water pH (8.8 to 9.2) is higher than the current water pH (7.4 to 7.6), so pH adjustment may be necessary.
Public Works does not anticipate any service disruptions.
System flushing will occur intermittently between March and July of 2016. Public Works needs to flush the entire system to clean out any pipeline deposits as well as remove water from the City’s former water source. The flushing that will occur during the transition is similar to the system flushing the City of West Fargo has completed on a regular schedule for decades.
Residents should be aware that flushing will disturb deposits and sediments in the pipelines which may cause temporary water discoloration if water is drawn into household plumbing during the city pipeline flush procedure. Although it may not look appealing, the discolored water is safe to drink and for bathing. To remove the discolored water from your home’s pipes, simply run cold water in your bathtub until the water runs clear.
The flushing schedule will be announced on the City’s website, www.WestFargoND.gov.  Scroll down the homepage and click on the “West Fargo Water Supply” link to access information about the project, including a map that will show which neighborhoods have been flushed and which zones are scheduled to be flushed next.  Flushing will also be announced via the City of West Fargo’s CodeRed system.  Residents can sign up to receive neighborhood-specific utility alerts calls by enrolling their phone number in West Fargo’s CodeRed system, under the “I want to…” menu on the left column of the City’s homepage.
Water customers should follow the same tips used previously when the City of West Fargo has flushed the pipelines: 
  • Bypass all home filtering systems. 
  • Run cold water in your bath tub until the water runs clear. 
  • Check your water to ensure it is not discolored before running washing machine.
The new water supply will have a lower iron content, which means there is less potential for red sediment being created in the system after the transition to Fargo water is complete. The new water source contains less hardness, so customers with water softeners can adjust their softener setting to use less salt for regenerating the softener. The new water also contains lower total dissolved solids, which means less spotting on dishes, faucets, fixtures, and shower doors when the water evaporates.
Water pH and phosphate concentration are adjusted to minimize corrosiveness to metal piping and fixtures.
Yes. The West Fargo water hardness is 16 grains per gallon, whereas the new water hardness is 7 grains per gallon. Although the new water contains less hardness than West Fargo’s former water, many water customers prefer softened water. Typical ion exchange home softeners remove all hardness from water, but the regeneration settings that determine salt usage depend on the feed water hardness. Since the new water contains lower hardness, changing the softener settings for the lower hardness water will enable your softener to operate at its best efficiency, and use less salt than it did when softening the West Fargo water.
Water will be delivered to the West Fargo distribution system through underground pipelines that connect Fargo drinking water infrastructure to West Fargo drinking water infrastructure. Pumps will allow West Fargo to maintain its water pressure at a similar level to its existing pressure. The City of West Fargo’s water pressure and flow capacity will not change substantially, but water supply capacity for existing and future needs is ensured.
Residents are welcome to call West Fargo Public Works at 701-433-5300 on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to ask questions about the water supply transition.