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Updated January 14, 2020

Video link #1 of proposed Centralized Water Treatment Plant exterior view.

Video link #2 of proposed Centralized Water Treatment Plant exterior view.

Since the August 20, 2019 approval by the City Council to proceed with the placement of the New Centralized Water Treatment Plant at 3648 Lee Avenue North (the southern site), City Staff along with the Consulting Engineering team (AE2S) have been making progress on the building layout and its position within the lot.  The interior layout is being fine-tuned and the team is currently working on exterior material options. 

Before the City Council provides final direction relating to these exterior elements, there will be an opportunity for you to attend another Open House and provide your comments and feedback. 

The Open House will be held on –

Monday January 13th, between 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the Sixth Corner Room at City Hall.

Exterior Option links are below:

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Published November 2018


The provision of robust and reliable drinking water infrastructure is essential for the wellbeing of the community. As components of this system begin to age, it is prudent to plan for and ultimately replace these elements in a timely fashion. Some of the existing City's water supply components date from original installation in the mid 1920's. While the street reconstruction program includes replacement of the distribution pipework; the wells, plants, tanks and towers also require consideration. At the end of 2017, City Council approved the performing of a Feasibility Report to investigate the actions considered necessary to carry the functions of these critical elements into the future.

A previous report on the findings of the feasibility was presented to the City Council at its meeting on May 1st 2018.  At that time, the City Council received and generally accepted the findings and recommendations of the report subject to receipt of final edits, but also had additional questions about the options available relating to Tower 1. A Work Session with City Council on October 16th reviewed additional information and briefly discussed implications of these various options available. Council Members have ongoing opportunity to consider these options independent of the progress of the Water Treatment Plant. This report will not debate the issues associated with Tower 1.

In addition to providing the additional information relating to the Tower, Council was also informed that the application to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) to be placed on the 2019 Intended Use Plan (IUP) for the Drinking Water Revolving Fund Loan for construction of the new Water Treatment Facility and associated infrastructure has been successful. Consequently, the City is eligible for low interest funds to assist with the substantial cost of the new facilities.

Next Steps

In order to move forward with this project, the next stage will involve the engagement of a suitable professional firm to perform the design for the infrastructure being sought. It is also considered prudent to continue with the same consultant through the bidding, awarding, construction inspection and commissioning stages of the plant and associated infrastructure.

At this stage, the new plant, new wells and decommissioning of the replaced infrastructure will be included in the services being sought. Any work associated with the replacement of Tower 1 will not be sought until that issue has been thoroughly considered by City Council and an agreed direction established.

Consequently, at this time, staff is seeking the following actions -

Reaffirmation of the recommendations contained within the Feasibility Report as they relate to the provision of a New Centralized Water Treatment Plant, provision of new Drinking Water Wells and the staged decommissioning of the infrastructure these new facilities are replacing.

Acknowledgement that the new Treatment Plant / Drinking Water Well construction has been included in the list of projects eligible for low interest funding through the Drinking Water Revolving Fund.

Direction to staff to proceed with preparing an RFP and seeking professional costs for design bidding, awarding, construction inspection services and commissioning for the proposed New Centralized Water Treatment Plant including the provision of replacement Drinking Water Wells, and details associated with the decommissioning of the replaced infrastructure.

Published August 7th 2019 

Final Open House - Tuesday, August 13th 

The Open House will take place at City Hall from 3:00-6:00 PM.  Robbinsdale Engineering staff will be present to answer questions from residents.  If you are unable to attend the open house, but wish to submit comments for consideration, please send them to

The original location discussed is outlined in blue.  Based on feedback at the initial meetings, an alternate location being considered is part of the general area outlined in yellow between the ballfield and the Lee Square building.  Feedback to date is an interested in preserving the existing wooded area, open green space on the west 1/3 of the lot closest to Lee Avenue used for an underground reservoir, and a landscape buffer along the south property line. 

If you have any questions about this project or would like to submit comments, please call Richard McCoy at 763-531-1260 or

Next Steps

Council consideration on August 20th  - staff will be seeking a direction on site selection so that preparation of plans can commence.

Staff will be working with a Consultant Engineer on design details and layout of the plant on the selected site.  Architectural elements of the building envelope will be developed after the process elements are positioned.  Design will include lime softening.