West Fargo/Fargo Wastewater Connection Project

Fargo Waste Connection project map

Background

The City of West Fargo wastewater system currently consists of a series of ten lagoon cells covering 600 acres of land with 460 acres of actual treatment area (440 million gallons allowable storage volume). The lagoons are near hydraulic capacity and current organic loading grossly exceeds the capacity of the primary cells (pond #1 and #3). The deficiency in treating organic material magnifies operational issues such as odor, in which the city has seen an increase in complaints in recent years as the community has grown.  
The City of West Fargo decided to address current and future capacity demands by coordinating an agreement with the City of Fargo. This agreement states that West Fargo can send 100% of their wastewater flow to Fargo providing the ability to decommission the existing lagoon system. 

Based on the agreement, West Fargo is responsible to install a conveyance system  that will deliver its wastewater to a connection point at 19th Avenue N. and Ninth Street NE. Fargo will be installing the necessary collection and metering system to this location with a design capacity to accommodate West Fargo’s future demands, which are 6.5 million gallons per day (average) and 14 million gallons per day (peak).

Proposed Project

The City of West Fargo needs to convey the flows from the Northside Regional Lift (SA40) to the connection point which is nearly 3 miles away (approximately 1 mile north and 2 miles east). The proposed project may consist of a combination of force main and gravity pipe. The City has requested that the following information be investigated as part of this report:

  1. Evaluate multiple pipeline routes
  2. Redundancy in system for force mains
  3. Upgrade existing SA40 or replace lift station
  4. Accommodate future growth
  5. Provide a comparison matrix for alternatives

Estimated Construction Cost

  • $5.5 million

Estimated Special Assessments

  • None

Project Schedule

  • Start Date: July 2018
  • End Date: October 2019
  • Project Completion: 90%

Completed Work

  • Directional boring

Current Work

  • Forcemain installation
  • Casing
  • Install maintenance manhole equipment
  • Waiting on 408 permit for tie-back levee work
  • Manhole coating
  • Pressure testing

Upcoming Work

  • Manhole valves
  • Levee bore/casing

Lagoon Decommissioning

Following the connection to Fargo, the City of West Fargo will decommission the lagoons over time, which will reduce sewage odors.

Project Schedule:

2018: Begin construction of 3-mile force main.

2019: Complete construction and begin sending sewage to Fargo

2020-2025: Continue lagoon decommissioning process 

Goal of completely decommissioning all lagoons by 2025