Phase 1: Fargo/West Fargo Wastewater Connection
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).
Construction of a 3-mile force main and gravity pipe to convey the wastewater flows from the Northside Regional Lift (SA40) to the Fargo connection point.
Future Phases: Lagoon Decommissioning
Following the connection to Fargo, the City of West Fargo will decommission the lagoons over time, which will reduce sewage odors.
2018: Begin construction of 3-mile force main.
2019: Complete construction and begin sending sewage to Fargo
Spring/Summer 2020: West Fargo City Commission to review decommissioning options and costs to approve a plan.
Fall 2020: City of Fargo sewage treatment facility upgrades scheduled to be completed.
- This will enable 100% of wastewater to be sent to Fargo.
- Final plans for decommissioning cells 9 and 10 submitted to permitting authorities
- Completed drawn down of cell 10 and working on cell 9
- There are only three cells in operation
- Pumping out rain water from recent storms.
- Full crews have been hired.
- Plans developed for cell 8.
- Cell 10 almost entirely dry.
- Cell 9 pumping in progress.
- Next Steps: Salvaging rip rap
- Awaiting final permitting on southern portion.
2020-2030: Decommission 90% of lagoons
- One small lagoon cell will remain active for emergency situations or other solid waste disposal needs.
Goal of completely decommissioning all lagoons by 2030