Category Archives: Utilities

City considering annexation of southside parcel

  On Tuesday, the city planning board will consider annexing a parcel on 21st Avenue South and assigning R-2 single family medium density zoning. Last summer, the property owners met with city staff to discuss the possibility of annexing into the city to have access to city water and sewer. The applicants have proposed building a single family home and

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City wrapping up $1.45 million sewer project on east side of Great Falls

A major city sewer project was completed in January and on Tuesday, staff is asking the City Commission to approve the final payment of $67,694.71 to Planned and Engineered Construction and $683.79 to the State Miscellaneous Tax Fund. The North East Interceptor Rehabilitation project is a continuation of an ongoing program to rehabilitate sanitary sewer mains, using trenchless technologies to repair badly

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Elevated levels of haloacetic acids again detected in city water; plant upgrades expected to reduce the levels

The Great Falls drinking water supply has again exceeded the maximum contaminant level for haloacetic acids. The elevated levels were detected again in the fourth quarter of 2018, which was October through December. The elevated levels of haloacetic acids, or HAA5, were also detected in the second and third quarters of 2018. Elevated levels of haloacetic acids detected in city

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Water, sewer improvements needed in Cascade County; groups ask for CDBG consideration

Water and sewer infrastructure was the overwhelming need in Cascade County during a public hearing on the county’s Community Development Block Grant program this week. The downside is the county currently has a water and sewer project going under CDBG and rules from the Department of Commerce only allow counties to have one project in each category at a time.

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New water tower will be operational within next few days

The city’s new water tower on Gore Hill will be coming into service sometime between now and Monday. The new 500,000-gallon tank was filled Thursday afternoon and once the disinfectant tests are completed, new tower will come on-line, Jim Rearden said Thursday evening. Last fall, the City Commission approved a $2.4 million contract to Landmark Structures I, L.P. for the

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Calumet conducting stormwater pipe maintenance this week

Calumet Montana Refining is performing maintenance work on the publicly‐owned stormwater drainage pipe at the facility this week. Weather permitting, a routine lining of the pipe will be completed. This work is approved by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Great Falls, and the Montana Department of Transportation. “Safety and environmental stewardship are important to Calumet. In

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Efforts continuing to save Rainbow Powerhouse from demolition

Options are limited for repurposing the old Rainbow Powerhouse since it’s located within an active hydropower operation, but locals are continuing their effort to save the century old structure from demolition. In today’s dollars, it would cost about $20 million to build a structure equivalent to the powerhouse on the Missouri River that has significant architectural and historical important, Ellen

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Public meeting is Thursday on repurposing the Rainbow Powerhouse

For roughly the last decade, a small group of people have been working on options for repurposing the Rainbow Powerhouse. Those efforts are accelerating now since a federal agency has placed a July 2019 deadline on local efforts to have a viable plan in place. At 7 p.m. Oct. 25, a committee of the Historic Preservation Advisory Commission is hosting

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Barge will be on Missouri next week for bore logs in early phase of water main river crossings

Beginning Monday, residents will notice activity on the Missouri River near Park Island and Meadowlark County Club. Activity will start on the Sun River neat the 6th Street Southwest bridge on Oct. 17. The work is part of the city’s project to design water main crossings under the Missouri River. City planning to add water mains under Missouri, Sun rivers;

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Elevated levels of haloacetic acids detected in city water; officials say no public health risk

Residents will start receiving notices this week in their water bill about elevated levels of haloacetic acids, or HAA5, in the city’s drinking water. There is no risk to public health, according to city officials. The notification is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The slightly elevated levels were found in samples from the third quarter of 2018, which

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