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West Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - West Fargo's growing population is putting a strain on the city's water supply. And in a few decades, they may not be able to drill enough well water to keep up.

Now, they're looking at new options.

This is good news to many because people often complain about the water's look and taste.

With multiple bodies of water running through our community, you'd think what comes out of the tap flows through town.

Chris Brungard- West Fargo Public Works Director: “We're actually taking water out. We're mining it.”

Amy Unrau: West Fargo's water supply comes from wells about 225 feet underground.

Brungard: “It's really old water, I guess. It was captured back there in the ice age. The State Water Commission says it's probably some of the oldest water in the state.”

But that will soon change when the city switches sources.

This is one of the reasons. People often complain about the water looking cloudy... And sometimes yellow. And the taste? Well, most people drink bottled.

Brungard: “We won't have enough water in our auquifer for a full buildout, and when we get to 45,000 people, the state won't give us enough alotment to take out of the auquifer.”

To make sure the city can keep up -- they're looking into multiple options. One is to make their own water treatment plant and switch their source to the Sheyenne River. Another -- sync up with Fargo and a few other towns and make one large water treatment plant.

Chris: I think we need to take a look and see what makes the most economic sense to our citizens.

A thirst-quenching and welcomed change to many.

The city hopes to have a plan by the end of the year. Once decided, it would take about five years to put in place.

Amy Unrau

Amy is proud to be a Red River Valley native and cover stories that matter to her community. She was raised in Hallock, Minnesota and received her degree at the University of North Dakota where she participated in the student run TV show Studio One. In college, Amy met her husband, WDAY’s Jody Norstedt, while interning at WDAZ in Grand Forks. She started at WDAY in April 2014 and is currently WDAY'Z Xtra News at Nine's anchor and producer. Have a news idea? Amy would love to share your story or investigate an issue you’re concerned about.

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