Water Source & Treatment Capacity Expansion

The City of Whitefish currently operates a Water Treatment Plant that treats water from Haskill Creek and Whitefish Lake. The work in Reservoir Road is being completed as part of the City’s Water Source and Treatment Capacity Expansion Project, which will expand the plant’s total capacity from 4 million gallons per day to 6 million gallons per day. This work is required by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality to meet the City’s growing demand during the peak summer months.

Bids for the Water Source & Treatment Capacity Expansion were opened on Thursday July 9, 2020 and construction is now underway! The project was awarded to Swank Construction of Kalispell for a contract amount of $9,327,000.00. Morrison-Maierle is the Engineer managing the project on behalf of the City. Work will begin with Reservoir Road and will include:

Removal and milling of existing asphalt concrete pavement

Expect traffic to be reduced to single lane travel.

New natural gas main by Northwestern Energy

New 24” water transmission main

New 8” sewer main

New asphalt concrete pavement road surface

Water users connected to the City of Whitefish public water supply may experience brief outages when a temporary water supply is being connected, and again when the permanent water supply is restored. This will be further coordinated with individual water service users approximately two weeks in advance of any work affecting water service.

Work is scheduled to begin on August 10, 2020 and will continue until the onset of winter conditions when a winter shutdown will take place. Temporary Asphalt surfacing will be provided for the winter. The remaining work will begin in the spring of 2021 and will be complete by May 31, 2021.

WTP Construction Map