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Street/Waste Water

Rock Desautel
Street/Wastewater Superintendent

The Grafton Street/Wastewater Department is responsible for providing many services with a staff of six full-time employees.  There are 12 sanitary lift stations at various locations throughout the City with a little over 34 miles of sanitary mains & force mains. We have one storm lift with a little over 26 miles of storm sewer. We also have over 55 miles of road surface to maintain.

Phone: (701) 352-1630
Cell Phone: (701) 360-3273
Fax: (701) 352-2730
Email:  streets@graftonnd.gov
Address: 534 Thompson Road, Grafton, ND 58237

The Grafton Street Division performs many duties in maintaining our roadways. 
  • Providing maintenance services for City streets, alleys and parking lots.
  • De-icing, plowing and snow and ice removal services to snow routes.
  • Street sweeping of all public paved streets.
  • Maintaining storm sewers.
  • Asphalt patching in deteriorated areas and concrete replacement where needed.
  • Mowing and spraying of weeds from all city-owned lots.
  • Repairing potholes.
  • Replacing traffic signs.
  • Forestry services.
  • Mosquito control.
The Wastewater Division is responsible for maintaining the sanitary sewer system including inspection of sewer lines and maintenance of lift stations.
The City of Grafton uses an aeration system, lagoon waste stabilization with four operating cells, operating at 60% capacity.  Lagoons are one of the most popular methods for wastewater treatment.  They are among the simplest and least expensive as they use natural and energy-efficient processes for many homes and rural communities in the United States.

Lagoons are ideal for small communities because they can cost less to construct, operate and are simpler to maintain than other systems.  Lagoons are pond-like bodies of water that receive, hold and treat wastewater for a period of time.  In the lagoon, wastewater is treated through a combination of physical, biological and chemical processes.   Most of the treatment occurs naturally, but some systems use aeration devices to add oxygen to the wastewater.  Aeration makes treatment more efficient so that less land is needed. Aerated lagoons use aerators to mix the contents of the lagoon and add oxygen to the wastewater.  Most aerators use energy to operate yet are one of the most energy efficient systems.

Routine inspections, record keeping, maintenance and testing are required by local and state agencies to ensure that the lagoon is working properly.  Wastewater temperature, pH, solids, nitrogen and disease-causing organisms are requirements for testing before the effluent can be discharged into the Park River.