- Associated Press - Sunday, February 21, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Construction is progressing on a project to help protect Minot’s water treatment plant and keep it functioning during a flood.

Crews began pouring concrete Feb. 15 for walls for the 2,000-square-foot storm water pump station, which will be capable of handling 18,000 gallons a minute. The station and its three massive pumps will handle storm water runoff in the event of a flood.

The pump station, Eighth Avenue Lift Station, is part of the flood protection that’s being built for the water treatment plant using federal Hazard Mitigation Grant Program dollars. The nearly $25 million plant project is separate from the basin-wide flood project to protect the remainder of Minot, which is scheduled to start next year, but the two will tie together.

In 2011, floodwater from the Souris River entered the water system, leading to a boil order.

The pump station will prevent future floods from contaminating the water production and transmission at the water treatment plant. If the technology had been in place in 2011, “it would have saved a lot of headaches for the citizens of Minot,” said Dan Jonasson, city public works director.

“This is the most critical piece of infrastructure we have in Minot,” he said of the plant. “Everybody needs water daily.”

The pump station should be finished in August, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1TodP7m ) reported.

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