Doug Rainforth
Wastewater/Water Plant Supervisor
300 Day Street
Fairmont, MN 56031
(507) 235-6789

Water for the City of Fairmont is supplied by Budd Lake. In 2013, the City completed construction of a $31 million state-of-the-art water treatment plant with a capacity of 5.4 MGD. The plant, which went on-line last fall, features two solid-contact softening basins, two recarbonation basins, two lime sludge holding basins, two filter presses for lime sludge dewatering, four 1.8 MGD granular activated carbon adsorption filters for taste and odor, a 590,000 gallon clearwell with three high service pumps, and an on-site sodium hypochlorite generation system for disinfection and chemical storage and feed systems.

Treated water is stored in three elevated and two ground storage tanks; replacement of the ground storage tanks is scheduled for 2015. The City maintains 83 miles of water mains within its distribution system.

The 2014 budget for the water utility are $3.4 million. The customer base consists of approximately 3,934 residential, 491 commercial and 17 industrial users.

Links of Interest
2016 Lake Water Quality Presentation
2016 Drinking Water Report
Lead & Copper in Drinking Water: How to Protect Your Health
Reducing your Water Footprint: Additional Water Conservation Methods
Utility History: 1902 – 2015

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