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Important Updates:

The City of Grand Forks will be doing an aerial mosquito spray tonight between 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm over the river, coulee, & interstate.

 

FAQs

  • Assessing
    • Where do I get information on the special assessments due on my property?

      Call the City Finance Office to get any special assessment information.   This would include payoff amounts or uncertified balances.  The Finance Department can be reached at 746-2620.

  • Inspections
    • What is a building code?
      A building code is a “living” legal collection of rules and regulations that govern the construction and occupancy of buildings. 
    • What is the purpose of the building codes?

      The purpose of the building codes is to provide minimum standards for the protection of life, limb, health, property, environment and for the safety and welfare of the consumer, general public and the owners and occupants of buildings.  The fundamental purposes of the codes or regulations can be summed up as; safety of building occupants & fire personnel, stop panic, and protection of your & adjoining properties.

  • Police Department
    • How to inquire about a Registered offender?
      If you have questions or information regarding sexual offenders or offenders against children, please contact Cpl. Brian Robbins.  A complete list of offenders may be viewed at sexoffender.nd.gov by clicking on the "Printable List of All Offenders."
  • Recycling
    • Where can I dispose of unusable or unwanted pesticides?
      Project Safe Send is a pesticide management program sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. The program is designed to accept unusable or unwanted pesticides from farmers and other individuals and properly dispose of them. For more information go to http://www.health.state.nd.us/wm/pss01.htm or contact Judy Carlson, North Dakota Department of Agriculture at #701-328-4997.

    • What do I do with used antifreeze?
      DO NOT pour antifreeze down the storm drains. Call #701-746-2570 for small quantities (less than 5 gallons). For larger quantities, please contact Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. at #701-237-9070, or OSI Environmental at #218-233-5446.

    • What do I do with left over household paint/paint cans?
      Paint must be dried out for disposal. To speed the drying process, add kitty litter, floor dry, sawdust, or newspaper strips to the cans, and leave the lids off. Once completely dry, the paint cans can be bagged up & put in with the regular trash.

    • How do I get rid of cooking grease that I don't want?

      Residents should throw cooled fats, oils and greases in the trash and not down the drain.  Pouring them down the drain will cause plumbing problems that will be your responsibility as the property owner.

    • What do I do with unused prescription drugs?

      The best disposal method is to drop off unused prescription drugs at the local Police Department (122 N. 5th Street).  This can be done anytime of day.  If the main office is locked, please use the red phone on the exterior of the building to explain to the personnel what you would like to do.  There is a drop box mounted on the wall of the Police Department main entrance.  The State of North Dakota created a Take Back Program where citizens have a safe and simple method to dispose of unused prescription drugs.  To learn more log onto http://www.ag.state.nd.us/

      Another option is to bring unused and expired medications to pharmacies across North Dakota that are participants of TakeAway, North Dakota's medication disposal program.  To learn more about what medications can be disposed of through TakeAway and to find a participating pharmacy near you, visit www.sharpsinc.com/locator

      If you need to dispose of unused prescriptions drugs and can not bring them to the local Police Department or an area pharmacy, please do not flush them down the toilet.  If you decide to dispose of them yourself, please remove the lables from the bottles and throw away the unused or expired medications separately from the labels.  It is best to crush or destroy the medication before throwing it away.

      Help us protect our water by disposing of these properly.

  • Sanitation
    • Where can I dispose of unusable or unwanted pesticides?
      Project Safe Send is a pesticide management program sponsored by the Department of Agriculture. The program is designed to accept unusable or unwanted pesticides from farmers and other individuals and properly dispose of them. For more information go to http://www.health.state.nd.us/wm/pss01.htm or contact Judy Carlson, North Dakota Department of Agriculture at #701-328-4997.

    • What do I do with used antifreeze?
      DO NOT pour antifreeze down the storm drains. Call #701-746-2570 for small quantities (less than 5 gallons). For larger quantities, please contact Safety-Kleen Systems Inc. at #701-237-9070, or OSI Environmental at #218-233-5446.

    • What do I do with left over household paint/paint cans?
      Paint must be dried out for disposal. To speed the drying process, add kitty litter, floor dry, sawdust, or newspaper strips to the cans, and leave the lids off. Once completely dry, the paint cans can be bagged up & put in with the regular trash.

    • How do I get rid of cooking grease that I don't want?

      Residents should throw cooled fats, oils and greases in the trash and not down the drain.  Pouring them down the drain will cause plumbing problems that will be your responsibility as the property owner.

    • What do I do with unused prescription drugs?

      The best disposal method is to drop off unused prescription drugs at the local Police Department (122 N. 5th Street).  This can be done anytime of day.  If the main office is locked, please use the red phone on the exterior of the building to explain to the personnel what you would like to do.  There is a drop box mounted on the wall of the Police Department main entrance.  The State of North Dakota created a Take Back Program where citizens have a safe and simple method to dispose of unused prescription drugs.  To learn more log onto http://www.ag.state.nd.us/

      Another option is to bring unused and expired medications to pharmacies across North Dakota that are participants of TakeAway, North Dakota's medication disposal program.  To learn more about what medications can be disposed of through TakeAway and to find a participating pharmacy near you, visit www.sharpsinc.com/locator

      If you need to dispose of unused prescriptions drugs and can not bring them to the local Police Department or an area pharmacy, please do not flush them down the toilet.  If you decide to dispose of them yourself, please remove the lables from the bottles and throw away the unused or expired medications separately from the labels.  It is best to crush or destroy the medication before throwing it away.

      Help us protect our water by disposing of these properly.

  • Water
    • How can I keep my pipes and meter from freezing during cold weather?

      1.  Cover all exposed pipes with insulation material.
      2.  If the meter freezes and breaks, the customer is responsible for all replacement costs as well as a $40 service charge.
      3.  If your water goes off due to frozen pipes, shut off the water at the meter to prevent any damage that may occur if the pipes break and then thaw.
      4.  Fill cracks, crevices or air holes that allow cold air to penetrate where the water pipe enters the house.
      5.  Allow a small stream of water, about the size of a pencil lead, to run from one faucet. 

    • How does the City know how much water I use?

      Each water and sewer account has a water meter to register water as it is used.  The meter connects to a remote device that sends the current meter reading to our mobile reading equipment when it is requested.  The collected data is downloaded to our billing computer.

    • Does the City of Grand Forks fluoridate?

      The City of Grand Forks adds a level of fluoride that will significantly reduce tooth decay.  The fluoride level is maintained at 1.2 ppm according to the North Dakota Department of Health guidelines.

      During an infant's check-up, the doctor may recommend a fluoride supplement if you use premixed formula or formula prepared with distilled water.  If you use Grand Forks water to prepare the formula, the supplement is not necessary.

    • Is it okay to wash paintbrushes out in the gutter?

      No. Paint is toxic to fish, and can have a negative effect on plant growth and on water bug reproduction.  Wash your brushes in your sink, using lots of water.  Wastewater is treated or placed in the lagoon,and does not run directly to our waterways.

    • Why can't I change the oil in my driveway and wash it down the storm drain?

      The substance that we put down our storm drains will eventually end up in our local waterways.  Stormwater is not treated, so it could be harmful to biological sources of these waterways. 

    • Where can I get my water tested?

      The City of Grand Forks has two environmental labs.  If you feel your water has a pollutant you can have it tested by the Wastewater Treatment Plant. For more information call 701-787-9131.  If it is a potable water sample that you need tested, you can contact the Environmental Lab located at the Water Treatment Plant, 701-746-2595 for more information. 

    • Who do I call if I notice someone dumping oil or another hazardous material down the drain?

      Call the Environmental Compliance Office at 701-738-8781 or 701-787-9134.

    • Who do I call if I notice a foreign substance in a local water body?

      Call the Environmental Compliance Office at 701-738-8781 or 701-787-9134.

    • Can I create a rain barrel, where do I get the supplies?

      Contact the Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District or log onto htt;://gfscd.org/rain_barrels.htm

    • What do I do with unused prescription drugs?

      The best disposal method is to drop off unused prescription drugs at the local Police Department (122 N. 5th Street).  This can be done anytime of day.  If the main office is locked, please use the red phone on the exterior of the building to explain to the personnel what you would like to do.  There is a drop box mounted on the wall of the Police Department main entrance.  The State of North Dakota created a Take Back Program where citizens have a safe and simple method to dispose of unused prescription drugs.  To learn more log onto http://www.ag.state.nd.us/

      Another option is to bring unused and expired medications to pharmacies across North Dakota that are participants of TakeAway, North Dakota's medication disposal program.  To learn more about what medications can be disposed of through TakeAway and to find a participating pharmacy near you, visit www.sharpsinc.com/locator

      If you need to dispose of unused prescriptions drugs and can not bring them to the local Police Department or an area pharmacy, please do not flush them down the toilet.  If you decide to dispose of them yourself, please remove the lables from the bottles and throw away the unused or expired medications separately from the labels.  It is best to crush or destroy the medication before throwing it away.

      Help us protect our water by disposing of these properly.

    • Where can I find information on Grand Forks drinking water quality?

      The Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) is a water quality report produced annually reporting on violations of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and North Dakota Department of Health (ND DH) regulations.  The document is mailed to water users, posted in public places such as the Grand Forks Library, City Hall and on the City website grandforksgov.com

    • Is Grand Forks water hard?

      The City of Grand Forks water has a hardness of 8-9 grains per gallon, which is considered moderately hard.  Hardness is caused by calcium and magnesium ions dissolved in the water.

    • What should I do if my water is discolored?

      Occasionally, you may experience discolored water.  This can result from the water system being used to fight a fire, higher than normal water usage throughout the City, pipes being disturbed by a water break or construction, or fire hydrant flushing.  These situations can disturb the deposits on the inside of the pipe resulting in discolored water.  Generally, the water will clear within a few hours.  During this time, do not run the water continuously.  Instead, check the cold water hourly by allowing it to run a few minutes to see if it has cleared.

      If the water remains discolored for a long period of time, contact the Water Department at 701-738-8770.

    • Why does the Water Department flush hydrants?

      The Water Department works with the Fire Department to flush hydrants once a year between June and October.  Hydrants are flushed to:

      1.  Clean out the iron deposits and other settlements that form on the sides of water lines.
      2.  Allow routine maintenance of every hydrant.  
      3.  Identify hydrants in need of repair.
      4.  Determine the volume of water available at each hydrant for fighting a fire.
      5.  Familiarize both water and fire department personnel with hydrant locations.
      6.  Provide important information for fire pre-planning.

    • What treatment does our water receive?

      Click here to see the treatment process for water for the City of Grand Forks.

    • How can I access the Water Quality results?

      Every year the Water Department prepares a Water Quality Report and mails it to all water customers.  The report is also available on this website.

    • Does Grand Forks water meet North Dakota Department of Health and EPA Standards?

      The City of Grand Forks routinely meets the compliance standards set by the EPA.

    • What does the City of Grand Forks check for in the water?
      • Bacteria - monthly - The utility is required to collect 60 or more samples for 30 defined sites throughout the month.
      • Trihalomethanes - quarterly
      • Volatile Organic Chemicals - yearly
      • Nitrates - yearly
      • Inorganics - every 3 years
      • Radiologicals - every 3 years
      • Synthetic Organic Chemicals - every 3 years
      • Iron and Manganese - every 5 to 8 years
      • Lead and Copper (at homes meeting EPA criteria) - every 3 years