UPDATE: Moorhead Switches Water Supply After Weekend Oil Spill - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

UPDATE: Moorhead Switches Water Supply After Weekend Oil Spill

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Moorhead Public Service (MPS) recently made a switch in its water supply source, which may affect the taste of water from the utility. The switch was made after an oil spill on Saturday, June 21 at the corner of 25th Street and 18th Avenue South in Fargo.

Saturday's spill could have potentially entered the Red River, so as a precautionary measure, MPS’ Water Treatment Plant personnel switched its source water from the Red River to wells drawing from the Buffalo Aquifer. It is common for customers to notice the switch to well water because of the different mineral composition in the respective water supplies.

MPS’ Water Treatment Plant personnel will resume utilization of the Red River on Monday afternoon, June 23, but it may take a few days for the taste of the water to return to normal. MPS staff tests the water on a regular basis and, although there may be a slightly different taste in the water, the water is safe to drink and use.


FARGO, N.D. -- Fargo police told Valley News Live around one o'clock Saturday afternoon, a trucker drove over and onto the curb of 25th Street South and 18th Street in Fargo. The trucker ended up hitting street light bolts that were on the ground which then punctured an oil pipeline underground.

The Fargo Fire Department and Environmental Health responded to the spill. The major concern was diverting traffic, but also stopping oil from dripping into the storm drain, which then could flow into the Red River.

"We get quite a few fuel spills, but nothing this large," said Michael Brown from Environmental Health.

"It's very slippery," said Fargo Police Sgt. Bill Ahlfedt. "When I first arrived, the reason we shut this road down was, because of an individual on a moped who almost crashed, slid sideways on it."

Police have not found the truck responsible for the damage.
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