Robbinsdale Weighs Water Treatment Options
The city of Robbinsdale is taking another look at whether it should buy water from the city of Minneapolis rather than building its own water treatment system. City officials say the current system is in need of an overhaul.
Earlier this month, the City of Robbinsdale held an open house where people could learn more about the city’s proposed water treatment facility. A feasibility study found that it would be three times more expensive for Robbinsdale residents if the city purchased its water from Minneapolis.
However, someone brought up concerns at that open house, saying Minneapolis water might not be as expensive as initially indicated.
Now, the city is doing more homework.
“We did have a resident that named a number of issues, just kind of questioning some things. So we’re taking the time to answer his questions and make sure the consultants’ report was correct. Then [we’re] moving forward, assuming we’ve answered those issues,” said Robbinsdale City Manager Marcia Glick.
Proposed Treatment Plant
Robbinsdale’s proposed water treatment plant would be built at Lee Park at cost of $16 million dollars.
The city currently has five water treatment plants in various locations. But city officials say it’s time for a major overhaul, due in large part to the age of those facilities.
Meanwhile, despite the concerns raised about the cost of buying water from Minneapolis, Glick expects the plan to build a new water treatment facility to move forward.
“If you have the water come in from Minneapolis you still need to have the storage systems, the delivery systems,” she said. “The cities that do have water from Minneapolis still maintain some well functions. So when the consultant went through the report it was much more expensive for us to use the Minneapolis water than just using our own system.”
Glick says that the questions brought up by residents should be addressed at the city council’s July 2 meeting.
For more information on the water treatment plant, go to the City of Robbinsdale website.