South Area Water Treatment Plant

South Area Water Treatment Plant

Partnering for Clean Water

The jointly-owned water treatment plant and water purchase agreement demonstrates a long-standing collaboration between the SMSC and the city of Prior Lake. The two governments, along with the city of Savage, have an interconnected water system that allows each of the partners to utilize water from one another in the event of a water shortage emergency. The facility features 14 vertical turbine pumps, 10 reclaim and sump pumps, ground storage, iron and manganese removal for both the city and the SMSC, and a reverse osmosis process for use by the SMSC. The facility is designed with growth in mind, allowing for future expansion for the city of Prior Lake.

It is connected to the North Water Treatment Facility in Prior Lake, allowing the SMSC to operate the two facilities as one system. Per the agreement, the city of Prior Lake can purchase up to 2.2 million gallons of water per day from the SMSC.

What is Reverse Osmosis?

Reverse osmosis is a water purification process that removes dissolved solids, biological matter, dissolved organic matter, and chemicals.

A Unique Collaboration

By partnering on this unique project, the city of Prior Lake and the SMSC saved a combined $8 million.


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Prior Lake, MN 55372
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