Public Works Superintendent – Clarence Binstock (701) 579-5198
Part-Time Public Works – Barry Brentrup
Helpful Hints Concerning Water
If your water bill is higher than average – here are some helpful hints on what may have caused it to
Check your Toilet
Toilets are the #1 cause of water bills increasing. For slight leaks that you can’t see, put food
coloring in the tank of your toilet(s) and let it sit for 15-20 minutes. If the food coloring goes into
your bowl, you likely have an internal leak or a bad flapper.
Check all faucets for dripping – even little drips can cause a lot of water usage. Have you ever
wondered how many gallons those little drips add up to? Visit the website http://www.drinktap.org/
to help calculate how many gallons those drips add up to.
Outside Water Sources
Make sure your faucets outside are not dripping or on.
Watering Your Lawn
Running the sprinkler for just a few hours can cause your bill to increase significantly. An average
household sprinkler being run for 1 hour 2 times per week will use approximately 12,000 gallons per
Helpful Hints Concerning Sewer
The property owner’s responsibility is to maintain internal plumbing and sewer service lines. The city is responsible for the maintenance of sewer mains only. If sewage is flowing
into your home, immediately contact the city at (701) 579-4422 as there may be an obstruction in the
Check with your insurance agent about adding coverage for sewer backups.