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Bonnie Abel
Customer & Energy Services Manager
Ph: (218) 773-1163

Scott Gravseth
Distribution Superintendent
Ph: (218) 773-0515

Randy Rapacz
Water Plant Superintendent
Ph: (218) 773-1511

600 DeMers Ave.
P.O. Box 322
East Grand Forks, MN  56721

Ph: (218) 773-1163
Fx: (218) 773-6127

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The East Grand Forks Water and Light is a municipal utility serving the residents of East Grand Forks with electricity and water since 1909. With a staff of 25 hard-working men and women, we are committed to supplying safe, reliable utilities to our residents.

  • Distributing electricity that is purchased from Western Area Power Administration and Minnesota Municipal Power Agency
  • Distributing the water to the residents and businesses 
  • Maintaining a professional and friendly relationship with our customers
  • Maintaining all water and electric distribution lines 
  • Producing potable water from the Red Lake River 
  • Reading meters and billing out electric and water usage

Dan Boyce
General Manager
Ph:(218) 773-1163

Be Wary of Offers to Insure Your Water Line

The East Grand Forks Water and Light is asking residents to be wary of letters a Connecticut company is sending to homeowners urging them to purchase private “water service line” insurance.  The utility has received several complaints about the letters, which the company — HomeServe — has been sending to homeowners in East Grand Forks and possibly other areas.

Although the information presented in the letters is factual — homeowners are responsible for repairs to the water lines that connect their home’s plumbing to a water main — the EGF Water and Light is not affiliated with HomeServe and does not support or oppose its services.

We urge residents to be cautious, because while a homeowner could purchase the insurance, the chance a homeowner will have to make a major repair to their water service line is pretty low.  Property owners are urged to read the fine print of the proposed coverage and determine if the long-term costs warrant such coverage.

East Grand Forks Water Plant Receives the CDC Water Fluoridation Quality Award for 2nd Year in a Row
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The Minnesota Department of Health announced the East Grand Forks Water Plant has been awarded the Fluoridation Quality Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride in drinking water to a level that is effective for preventing tooth decay.  The award recognizes those communities that achieved excellence in community water fluoridation by maintaining a consistent level of fluoridated water throughout 2013.
For 2013, a total of 2,184 public water systems in 33 states received these awards, including 119 (out of 960) in Minnesota. “We can be proud that in Minnesota, communities are employing this effective public health measure,” says Merry Jo Thoele, State Oral Health Program Director.  “Studies show that fluoridation prevents tooth decay in all age groups, not just in children.  So it is very important that communities continue to maintain their fluoridation levels.”

Community water fluoridation has been recognized by CDC as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th Century.  CDC recommends water fluoridation as a safe, effective, and inexpensive method of preventing tooth decay.  In fact, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves at least $38 in cost for dental treatment.

Randy Rapacz, East Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant Superintendent says, “This award is a result of the combined effort, hard work, attention to detail, consistent laboratory analysis and timely process control changes delivered by our Water Treatment Plant operators on a daily basis.”

The Water and Light Commission would like to recognize these Water Plant Operators on a job “well done” and would like to say that they are proud of their accomplishments achieved through hard work and dedication in making East Grand Forks drinking water safe and good tasting for the residents.


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