Public Works Department

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

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Why the new water plant?

Columbia Heights is home to two water plants for the City. The original one, constructed in phases from 1913 through 1918, treated our water for decades. As the plant aged, plans for a new facility emerged in the late 1980s. Alternative water treatment processes were studied and evaluated to determine their ability to meet current and future water quality regulations.

The City’s original water filtration plant at Columbia Heights. Built before World War I, it is still in use and serves as a backup plant.

The City’s new Ultrafiltration Plant at Columbia Heights uses state-of-the-art technology to provide cleaner water to Minneapolis. 

Water filtration beds at the original filtration plant at Columbia Heights.

One of 40 high-tech fiber filtration units at the new Columbia Heights Ultrafiltration Plant


The City of Minneapolis conducted a feasibility study and engaged a team of experts (engineering, public health, and citizen-based), who all came to the same conclusion: a state-of-the-art ultrafiltration membrane filtration system was the best option.


Last updated Dec 12, 2013