Utilities Department

Utilities Department

SAFETY IS – “BEING RESPONSIBLE”

Safety is everyone’s responsibility

It is the job of every person to exercise precaution to insure that people will not be injured or equipment damaged or ruined. We should also become aware that the formation of safe and intelligent work habits are fully as important as our knowledge of our jobs. One of our primary objectives should be to train ourselves to recognize and correct dangerous conditions and to avoid unsafe acts.

Quote By – Ronald F. Carson
Utilities Department 1975

Did You Know?

Water System:

  • 113 miles of water main
  • 1,200 fire hydrants
  • 6,972 water meters
  • 5 water towers – 3 hold 300,000 gallons each – 1 holds 500,000 gallons – 1 holds 1,000,000 gallons!
  • Tallest water tower is 178’
  • 4 wells 300’ deep
  • Average pressure: 65

Water Usage:

  • Average daily use: 3,500,000 gallons
  • Most in one day: 6,347,000 gallons
  • Most in one month: 139,735,000 gallons
  • Most in one year: 1,331,395,000 gallons

Water Main Leaks:

  • Most in one month: 8
  • Most in one year: 39
  • Most water service repairs in one year: 136

Storm Sewer System:

  • 57 miles of storm sewer
  • 1,916 storm sewer inlets
  • 4 storm sewer pumping stations

Sanitary Sewer System:

  • 127 miles of sanitary sewer
  • 23 sanitary sewer pumping stations
  • 2,440 manholes

Minnesota state law (Chapter 156 of the Session Laws of 2005) requires that "a city or county with a population of more than 15,000 must annually notify its residents of the positions and base salaries of its three highest-paid employees." For the City of Albert Lea, titles and salaries as of Jan. 1, 2019, are: City Manager, $138,375.12; Director of Public Works/City Engineer $110,780.80; and Director of Public Safety $103,646.40. Date of publication: January 23, 2019.