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The City’s fourth water treatment plant (WTP4) is now online and is capable of treating 6,000 gallons of water every minute. Construction began in 2019 and the plant, located on Lexington Avenue NE next to the water tower, became operational in August 2021. The plant is fed by four municipal drinking water wells. The plant treats and filters water to remove the naturally present dissolved iron and manganese, which provides water that tastes better and will not stain washing machines, sinks, or clothes.
WTP4 will double the City’s water filtering capacity and, in conjunction with the other three water treatment plants, virtually eliminate the need to use the City’s seasonal unfiltered wells during times of peak demand. WTP4 will allow the City to deliver fully treated water to all residents and businesses. With WTP4 online the City will be able to meet water demands well into the future as the City becomes fully built out.
WTP4 maximizes groundwater usage efficiency with additional considerations toward an environmentally conscious and sustainable facility and site design. Stakeholder input helped guide a design that promoted sustainability features including:
Maximum water efficiency processes State of the art electrical and control systems Energy efficient lighting and pumping Green roofs to reduce stormwater runoff Ability to add rooftop solar energy panels Reuse of rooftop rainwater for site irrigation Protection and restoration of existing wetlands Green landscape design including native prairie grasses and trees.
Blaine is part of a group of communities, businesses, and agriculture in the north and east part of the metropolitan area who rely solely on groundwater for their water supply. This area is known as the North and East Metro Groundwater Management Area. This allows the DNR a more comprehensive and focused approach to ensure groundwater supplies remain adequate to meet human needs while protecting lakes, streams, and wetlands.
Blaine WTP4 is providing future value to public works efforts by supplying safe water to the community while protecting natural resources by incorporating the highest water efficiency, and most efficient use of groundwater.