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About Moorhead Public Service's Water Operations

Since 1986, Moorhead’s water system has undergone more than $20 million in improvements, including the completion of a state-of-the-art Water Treatment Plant in 1995. Among its features: a lime water-softening process, a highly-efficient filtration system, and the use of ozone for primary disinfection and odor/taste removal. The Water Treatment Plant has significantly reduced the amount of chlorinated by-products generated by treating water in Moorhead. Moorhead’s Water Treatment Plant produces water that meets all current water-quality standards set by the U.S. EPA and is well-prepared to comply with future standards. Moorhead Public Service provides drinking water to its residents from groundwater and surface water sources - the Red River of the North (surface water) and wells that draw water from the Quaternary Buried Artesian, Indeterminate, and the Quaternary Buried Unconfined aquifers (groundwater).

Re-opening Business during COVID-19 Pandemic

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As facilities re-open after an extended shutdown due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, business owners should conduct premise plumbing evaluations for water quality prior to reopening. If your business or building experienced a prolonged shutdown or lack of normal water use, MPS stresses the importance of following Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.



Annual Fire Hydrant Flushing

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The primary purpose of Moorhead Public Service's Annual Hydrant Inspection Program is to verify the proper operation of the city of Moorhead's approximately 1,750 public fire hydrants through annual inspections and preventative maintenance. A pro-active hydrant maintenance program is the key to ensuring that the City maintains adequate fire protection throughout the community.



Drinking Water Reports

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Every year, MPS releases a water quality report in compliance with the Minnesota Department of Health. The purpose of this report is to advance consumer's understanding of drinking water and heightened awareness of the need to protect precious water resources.


Wellhead Protection Plan

Moorhead Public Service (MPS) prides itself on the protection of the resources around us.  One of these vital resources is the Buffalo Aquifer which lies to the East of Moorhead.  MPS created the Wellhead Protection Plan, which protects and facilitates the most effective use of the region's water supplies.  MPS' Wellhead Protection Plan Part II is in PDF format.


Lead in Drinking Water

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The list includes responses to frequently asked questions in order to provide basic information in lead in drinking water and what MPS is doing to minimize the amount of lead in the water supply.



Fire Hydrant Permit Program

In 2007, the City of Moorhead (City) passed an ordinance regarding the use of fire hydrants within the City limits. Section 3-3-2:D.15. “Any use of water from fire hydrants in the city limits of Moorhead, other than by fire department, without first obtaining a permit from the Moorhead Public Service Commission, or if person or entity has obtained permit, not following the rules and procedures set by Moorhead Public Service Commission relating to such permits. (Ord. 2007-17, 8-20-2007)”


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