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Public Works

The Public Works Department is responsible for a variety of duties, including:

-Street maintenance (including snow plowing),

-Storm sewer system,
-Sanitary Sewer System/Wastewater treatment plant,
-City parks

Holdingford's municipal water system consists of a 200,000 gallon elevated water storage tank.  The average pumping rate per day is 40,000 gallons.  Current water rates and billing information are available upon request at 320-746-2966

The municipal water system consists of a mechanical treatment plant.  Current wastewater rates are available upon request at 320-746-2966.

Keep Grease out of Sinks and Wipes out of Pipes This Holiday Season

This holiday season, do yourself and other taxpayers a favor by keeping grease from turkey and ham dinners out of sinks and other drains. And while you’re at it, stop flushing disposable wipes down the toilet, even if the label claims “flushable.” Sewer workers everywhere dread this time of year when the problem of “fatbergs” – clogs of fats, oil, grease, and wipes – worsens, leading to backups and costly repairs.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Dispose of fat, oil and grease by pouring them onto newspaper or other paper items in the trash, or into a non-recyclable container and then into the trash.
  • Another idea: Soak up grease with pieces of crusty bread pieces, and then put the bread on bird feeders for wild critters.
  • Wipe greasy pans, pots and other dishes out with a paper towel before washing.
  • Place disposable wipes in the trash too.

As this video program shows, disposable wipes may flush down the toilet, but they fail to break down. Cities across Minnesota report costly repairs and upgrades after wipes clog their pumps and pipes.

The MPCA has proposed legislation the last two sessions to require manufacturers to change their labeling on disposable wipes. The proposals didn’t go far, but the agency has created a toolkit to help educate consumers.

More information:

Holdingford Public Works Staff is awarded Certificate of Commendation

MPCA recognizes wastewater plant operators for excellence

Contact: Risikat Adesaogun, 651-757-2056

St. Paul, Minn. — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) recently recognized 288 Minnesota wastewater treatment facilities for maintaining a perfect record of permit compliance during 2015.

MPCA Assistant Commissioner Rebecca Flood had high praise for the award recipients. “Wastewater operators are at the front lines of keeping our water clean. We ask a lot of them, and time and again, they’ve met our expectations. These men and women do good work, and it shows.” 

To be eligible for this recognition, facilities were required to submit all monitoring reports to the MPCA correctly and on time, demonstrate consistent compliance through monitoring or surveys and employ staff certified by the MPCA in wastewater operations. 

The awards were presented at the 79th annual Wastewater Operations Conference in Brooklyn Park. The annual conference brings together wastewater operators from Minnesota for training and professional education. In Minnesota, there are about 1,500 municipal and industrial wastewater treatment facilities. Community, institution or treatment plant size was not a factor in awarding the certificates.

Do Not Flush Flushable Wipes

Take the “flush” out of flushable wipes

The disposable wipes you use for personal care, changing diapers, cleaning your home, or wet mopping may be labeled “flushable.” And it’s true that they will usually go down your toilet when flushed. But unlike toilet paper, they don’t break down. In many cases, wipes are made with the same man-made fibers — such as polyester, polypropylene, and rayon — that go into clothing and other fabrics.

Wipes snag on any imperfection in sewer pipes, catch passing debris and grease, and create a “ball” that will grow to plug the pipe. This can cause sewer backups in your home’s or your community’s pipes, creating expensive and messy problems.

Wipes can also get drawn into sewer-line and wastewater treatment plant pumps and clog and damage them. Municipalities must manually clear out pumps or remove clogs, and sometimes have gone to the expense of replacing or upgrading equipment to deal with wipes-related issues. Besides creating unpleasant problems for wastewater workers, wipes clogs are expensive to address and becoming much more frequent. Those expenses will eventually be passed on to community residents in the form of higher fees or taxes.

Wastewater treatment is critical to protecting the environment in Minnesota, particularly water quality. Flushing wipes can cause problems that divert wastewater resources and weaken environmental protection. If you must use wipes, put them in the trash!


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