Public Works Department

Water Treatment &
Distribution Services
935 5th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

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Minneapolis Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Services (WTDS)

In 1867, the Minneapolis City Council authorized the establishment of the Minneapolis Water Works. The division initially only supplied the Fire Department with water. In 1872, the City’s first drinking water pump station was built on the Mississippi River above St. Anthony Falls, and the division was expanded to include the distribution of water to residents. Minneapolis was the first Minnesota city with a public drinking water system.

The Tap Water We Produce 

Our Customers

Nearly a half million Minneapolis residents use about 40 percent of the water we produce each day.
WTDS also supplies water to the residents of Golden Valley, Crystal, New Hope, Columbia Heights, Hilltop, New Brighton, and Edina’s Morningside neighborhood. We supplement Bloomington’s water supply (which uses a mix of our water and well water). Our suburban customers use about 22 percent of our total daily production.

Around 38 percent of our water is used for institutional, commercial and industrial purposes. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the Metropolitan Airport Commission, and the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center are our largest customers, and account for 5 percent of the total water sold by WTDS.

 Water Use 

Our Distribution System 

The WTDS distribution system consists of nine pump stations, eight finished water reservoirs (with a storage capacity of 162 million gallons), over 15,000 isolation valves, and a network of more than 1,000 miles of water mains. The water mains in Minneapolis could stretch from here to Denver! We take pride in our construction and maintenance practices, which keep our water infrastructure in high working order. Our distribution team routinely performs leak inspections, makes repairs, and cleans and lines our water mains. 

The Water Fund

The City’s water fund is the major source of revenue for WTDS. This money is generated solely from our water sales to residential, non-residential, and suburban customers, and can only be used to fund projects related to tap water. This means that water fund revenue cannot be used to pave streets, pay police officers, or used for any other City service. 

Have a Question or Need More Information?

WTDS provides general treatment facts and figures upon request and distributes this information to schools, universities, and others as part of their presentations to many organizations. This information can be obtained by calling our Water Quality Information Line: 612-661-4999.


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Last updated Apr 4, 2017



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