Fort Dodge: Reverse Osmosis Facility

Fort Dodge, IA
U.S. Water Services Corporation - USW Utility Group - Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

In October 2010, USW Utility Group (USWUG) was awarded the operation contract for the Fort Dodge wastewater treatment facility. Pleased with the quality of USWUG’s work, the City elected to expand the scope of services on July 1st, 2016, to include a contract for the operations, maintenance, and management of the City’s water utility system. The city of Fort Dodge, located in Webster County, Iowa, is a full-service municipality serving a population of approximately 26,000 citizens. They have recently contacted USWUG to develop a proposal for a reverse osmosis (RO) unit at their water treatment plant. Once completed, it will be the largest RO water treatment facility in the state of Iowa. USWUG is working with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the city of Fort Dodge, and McClure Engineering, to design and build the 18.576 million gallon per day (MGD) RO treatment plant. The expansion includes an additional building that will house six RO skids, control room, lab, employee areas, chemical feed systems & storage, and a drive-thru garage/loading area. The notice to proceed was issued in April 2020. Substantial completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

U.S. Water Services Corporation - USW Utility Group - Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant U.S. Water Services Corporation - USW Utility Group - Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant

The city of Fort Dodge currently treats a combination of Jordan aquifer and Mississippian groundwater using conventional aeration and filtration processes. USWUG completed a pilot study to demonstrate the effectiveness of RO treatment on the City’s water sources.

The total project cost of the Fort Dodge expansion is estimated at $17.8MM, and consists of the following:

  • Right-of-way permitting and land acquisition
  • Mobilization
  • Site work: including access road to the new treatment facility
  • RO equipment procurement
  • Equipment installation
  • Process piping
  • Construction of the new building to house treatment and chemical units
  • Upgrades to existing facility
    • Installation of new and upgrade of existing electrical/HVAC/controls
    • Construction of waste disposal pump station
    • Installation of new forcemain under Des Moines river to the existing pump station
  • Engineering services

USWUG is a full-service contractor providing numerous services such as value engineering, process evaluation/optimization, capital improvement program management, permitting, design-build projects, design-build finance projects, customer service and billing, meter reading, leak detection, distribution/collection operation and maintenance,  industrial pretreatment program development, implementation, and management.


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