At Brainerd Public Utilities, we understand the importance of providing safe, reliable, and affordable electric services to our customers. Our Electric Department is dedicated to ensuring that the citizens of Brainerd, portions of Baxter, and surrounding townships have access to uninterrupted power supply.
We take pride in being a public power utility, which means that we are owned and operated by the people we serve. As a result, we are committed to providing electricity at the lowest reasonable cost to our customers. Our rates are transparent, and we make sure that our customers are not burdened by unnecessary charges.
Our field crews are the backbone of our Electric Department and are always ready to respond to any emergency, no matter the time of day or night. They work tirelessly to ensure that the power lines are maintained, and any fault is resolved as quickly as possible. We understand that electricity is a basic necessity, and we are committed to ensuring that our customers have access to it at all times.
Finally, we believe in investing in the future to ensure that our customers continue to receive safe and reliable electricity. We constantly upgrade our infrastructure to ensure that it is up-to-date and capable of meeting the increasing demands of our customers. At Brainerd Public Utilities, we take our mission seriously, and we are committed to providing our customers with the best possible service.
One of the ways that BPU achieves this goal is by utilizing the hydro dam as a renewable energy source from the Mississippi River. The hydro dam has the capacity to generate 3.2 megawatts of electrical power, which represents approximately 10.5% of the energy used by BPU customers.
The hydro dam is a valuable asset to BPU because it provides a reliable source of renewable energy that is environmentally friendly. As a public utility company, BPU is committed to being a responsible steward of the environment and reducing its carbon footprint. By using the hydro dam to generate electricity, BPU is able to reduce its reliance on non-renewable energy sources and decrease harmful emissions.
In addition to being environmentally friendly, the hydro dam is also a reliable source of energy. BPU customers can rest assured that they will continue to receive uninterrupted service even during times of high demand or extreme weather conditions. The hydro dam is an important part of BPU’s commitment to providing safe and reliable services to its customers at the lowest reasonable cost.
At Brainerd Public Utilities, we take great pride in providing safe and reliable water services to our customers. Our water filtration plant is capable of treating approximately 1.55 million gallons of water per day. The plant’s main purpose is to remove iron and manganese from the water, which is pumped from six wells that were drilled near the facility.
Our filtration process is highly effective, achieving a 95% removal rate for these minerals. This not only helps to improve the taste and appearance of the water but also ensures that our customers have access to high-quality drinking water that meets or exceeds all state and federal standards. Once the water has been filtered, it is pumped to three water towers and the distribution system, before ultimately reaching the taps of our customers. We are committed to maintaining the integrity of our water system and regularly test and monitor our water supply to ensure it remains safe and healthy for our customers to use.
Brainerd Public Utilities Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF) is a critical component of the mission of Brainerd Public Utilities. Designed as a Class A facility, it is capable of treating an average wet weather flow of 6.0 MGD with a CBOD5 influent concentration of 240 mg/L and a TSS concentration of 240 mg/L. The facility is responsible for treating wastewater from the communities of Brainerd and Baxter, processing approximately 2.2 million gallons of wastewater daily from the two cities.
BPU’s interceptor system, which is responsible for transporting wastewater to the WWTF, consists of 2,740 feet and 20-inch force main, 587 feet of dual 20-inch river crossing main, and 1,510 feet of 30-inch interceptor sewer. The facility receives and treats wastewater from the two cities, ensuring that it is safe for discharge into the environment.
BPU’s Wastewater Treatment Facility is a testament to this commitment, as it ensures that the wastewater produced by the communities of Brainerd and Baxter is treated to the highest standards before being released back into the environment.
Reliable Public Power Provider
At Brainerd Public Utilities (BPU), our mission is to ensure that our customers have access to safe, reliable, and environmentally friendly electric, water, and sewer services at a reasonable cost. We take pride in being a community-owned, for-profit utility, which means our focus is on our customers. We strive to provide the best possible service to our neighbors and owners.
BPU has been designated as a gold-level “Reliable Public Power Provider” (RP3) by the American Public Power Association. This prestigious designation is awarded to utilities that demonstrate leading practices in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. The RP3 certification assures our customers that BPU has met high industry standards, and our services are of the highest quality.
The RP3 certification is valid for three years, but BPU is committed to continuously improving our services to the community. We welcome suggestions and feedback from our customers to help us achieve this goal. At BPU, we are proud of our RP3 certification and strive to maintain the highest level of service to our customers.