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The city's Public Works Utility Operations Department and GIS Division have created a story map that displays and describes more information about various utility infrastructure improvement needs throughout the city.
At the January 11, 2022 City Commission meeting, a presentation was provided highlighting the long-range improvements and maintenance projects within the Public Works Utility Operations Department. Overall project needs for Public Works Utility Operations totals $193,000,000 over the next ten years.
City of Bismarck water utility operations consists of the following areas: water treatment, water distribution, customer service, sanitary sewer system, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management. These areas have aging infrastructure that needs upgrades or replacements to continue providing services to Bismarck's citizens and businesses.
Water Treatment Plant
The City of Bismarck's Water Treatment Plant was built in 1924 and still contains some original infrastructure in place today. Projects will replace and improve piping, pumping, and treatment capacity that are essential in the water treatment process. This is some of the oldest infrastructure located in the water treatment plant, originally installed in 1924. Replacement of this piping will improve the efficiency and reliability of the treatment process.
Wastewater Treatment Plant
The City's Wastewater plant treats an average of more than 6.5 million gallons of wastewater daily. The treated water is discharged back to the Missouri River. The plant has a capacity of 9.3 million gallons per day and has a staff of 15.
The City's stormwater system collects surface and subsurface drainage and carries it to the Missouri River and its tributaries that flow through the community. The man-made portion of this system is made up of over 90 miles of pipe and culverts and over four miles of open channels. Detention ponds are located at strategic locations throughout the system and help prevent flooding by holding back high flows during large runoff events.
Sanitary Sewer System
Wastewater is collected from nearly 22,600 customers and delivered to the Wastewater Treatment Plant through a 300 mile network of sewers ranging in size from 6" to 36" along with 23 lift stations.