Drinking Water Services

The St. Cloud Water Treatment Facility is located in beautiful Hester Park. Hester Park is named after Hester (Cronk) Gilman, wife of Charles Andrew Gilman (1833-1868), a distinguished businessman and politician in the late 1800s.

Aerial photo of St. Cloud water treatment facility and Mississippi RIver

In 1907, 19 wells were sunk in the Hester Park area to service the city water works using a pump house and filtration plant. However, the supply of water was inadequate to service the city. One well that was sunk in 1907 flowed with pressure and continued to flow until the early 1990s when it was capped.

A new water works was constructed in the City of St. Cloud in 1954. The filtration facility was located at the current water treatment facility location. The facility could treat 9 million gallons of water per day.  Since then, the facility has undergone two expansions, in 1994 and 2016, to bring the total capacity to 24 million gallons per day.

Currently, the facility is under construction again.  The Water Treatment Facility Advanced Process Improvements and Upgrades project is expected to be completed in 2023 and will position the Utility to meet future regulatory requirements.  For more information, visit the project page.

  1. Where Does the Rain Drain in St. Cloud? How You Can Help Protect Our Water

    Where Does the Rain Drain in St. Cloud? This community education class hosted by the City of St. Cloud and the Sauk River Watershed District explores our local stormwater system, as well as how City residents can contribute to cleaner water! Learn more about this education opportunity...
  2. Help Prevent Flooding

    As the snow and ice keep melting, you can help prevent flooding. Keep your stormdrain clear of snow and ice, so that water has somewhere to drain. Read on...
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Keeping Your Water Safe - St. Cloud’s Drinking Water Treatment Process

Drinking Water Advanced Treatment Improvement Project