Drinking Water Utility Completes Expansion, Upgrade Project

The City of Coon Rapids, MN, recently completed the expansion and upgrade of its East and West Water Treatment facilities.

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The City of Coon Rapids, MN, recently completed the expansion and upgrade of its East and West Water Treatment facilities. Production was increased by 66% at the East Plant and 40% at the West Plant to bring the total design capacity to 22.3 million gallons per day. New filters, additional backwash water reclaim capacity, chemical feed systems, and new control systems for plant operations and telemetry were included in the projects.

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The project included new filters, additional backwash water reclaim capacity and new control systems.
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Like many municipalities, the Coon Rapids faced a variety of decisions in planning for the treatment of iron and manganese found in the majority of its wells. A comprehensive water system study favored the use of common, centrally located plants versus multiple satellite plants. Choosing the treatment method involved an extensive review including site visits for different filtration technologies.

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Each of the filters is designed to run at 10 gpm per square foot.
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During the initial construction in 1991, the city chose Filtronics Electromedia® I filtration technology for its East and West Treatment plants. The facilities had initial capacities of 4000 and 7000 gpm, respectively. During the recent project, the plants were expanded to 6000 and 10,500 gpm, again using the Filtronics media.

Each of the filters is designed to run at 10 gpm per square foot.

Work included expanding the reclaim system capacity to allow for the additional backwash volume created by the new filters. Water from the four-minute backwash and one-minute purge (filter to waste) cycles of each filter is sent to the reclaim tanks. After a settling period, where the iron and manganese treatment residuals settle out, the supernatant is blended with well water at the headworks of the treatment plant. More than 99 percent of the water used for backwash and purge is recycled. At design capacity this means that more than 200,000 gallons per day of water can be recovered.

The chemical feed systems are completely automatic. New automatic rate valves for chlorine and sulfur dioxide gas were installed. Upgrades to the chemical systems were performed by Larsco Inc. of Anoka, MN.

The original plant control systems used painted graphic panels with small lights for plant process indications. Each of the systems was upgraded with large graphic display panels, new programmable logic controllers, and new telemetry control. The system now runs on an ethernet network with a virtual private network (VPN) set up. The VPN allows the operators to remotely access the telemetry and plant operating systems with a laptop and an internet connection.

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The Coon Rapids treatment plants have a capacity of 22.3 mgd.
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The combination of these upgrades allows each facility to be run by one operator. Each operator has plenty of time for regular maintenance at the plants which also house distribution system booster pumps.

Iron and manganese in the raw water is as high as 1.0 mg/L. The treated water from both facilities is usually less than 0.020 mg/L with many non-detectable results.

The upgrade of these treatment facilities provides the 65,000 residents of the City of Coon Rapids with treated water from 15 different wells with expandability to meet future needs of the water system. The two projects with a total value of $5.7 million dollars were designed by TKDA of Saint Paul, MN, and constructed by Municipal Builders Inc. of Andover, MN.WW

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