The City of Buffalo Water Department is dedicated in providing our community with high quality, safe drinking water. We will remain steadfast in our commitment to protect our source water, meet federal and state regulation and provide community outreach and education on conserving our precious resource, water.
The Water Department operates and maintains the public water supply system including the water treatment facility, hydrants, city wells, water storage facilities, and installation and maintenance of water meters.
Where Does My Water Come From?
City of Buffalo Municipal Utilities' wells are supplied from the Quaternary Glacial Drift Aquifer. There are five wells, five water towers, 115 miles of water main, 1062 public and 104 private fire hydrants, and 2601 ISO and gate valves. In 2020, Buffalo Municipal Utilities pumped over 522 million gallons of water. Our Utilities Department is proud to have served 5717 Residential and 423 Commercial customers. 100% of our water infrastructure is connected to Buffalo Fiber provided by the City of Buffalo.
Preventative Maintenance Initiatives
Infrastructure becomes costly, so our Water team performs preventative maintenance of our motors and pumps is key to ensuring our Water Treatment Plant is operating efficiently at optimal levels, providing energy cost savings for our community. We have installed numerous various frequency drives (VFD)’s to help control pump and motor speeds in the plant and at our well and tower sites. We are currently implementing an automated meter reading (AMR) system to provide drive by reads , reducing staff time meter reading, and allowing interval reads to help with leak detection for our customers. We also perform daily checks, biannual greasing of motor & pumps, and annual detailed inspections meeting our annual permit and requirements for the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to distribute clean drinking water to our amazing residents!
Residents and business owners with fire hydrants adjacent to their yards are asked to keep them clear of snow and other obstructions. If your neighborhood fire hydrant has not been cleared of surrounding snow, neighbors are encouraged to help each other out with this task to ensure the quickest access possible in the event of a fire.