A financially sustainable water, sanitary sewer and storm water utility is what’s best for Bismarck residents. The city of Bismarck owns and operates a water treatment plant that has the capacity to treat 30 million gallons of water per day. The resulting drinkable water is delivered to our community by means of 366 miles of pipeline, four pumping stations and eight water storage facilities that have a 22-million-gallon storage capacity.
The city also owns and operates a wastewater treatment plant that has the capacity to treat 10.7 million gallons of sewage per day which is collected from the community via 307 miles of sanitary sewer collection pipeline and 22 lift stations. Bismarck’s storm sewer collection system consists of over 150 miles of pipeline and open ditch and three pumping stations which carries the runoff from streets and adjoining properties to Hay Creek, Apple Creek and the Missouri River.
Over $181 million has been invested into the utility infrastructure over the last nine years. The utility infrastructure is a shared community resource. The city of Bismarck needs to maintain and expand this infrastructure to ensure all services are available to connected customers and those who might wish to connect in the future. Utility fees help provide for and maintain this shared community resource.
The city commission’s decision to undertake a utility cost of service rate study and review of its policies and procedures to develop subdivisions and development cost policy will result in fair, equitable rates and a financially sustainable water, sanitary sewer and storm water utility supported by owners of the 21,822 metered accounts and 2,048 non-metered accounts who are partners in the maintenance and expansion of Bismarck’s water, sanitary sewer and storm water utility.
Keith J. Hunke, Bismarck