What is the H2OPP Program?
The City Council is pleased to announce and introduce the Water (H2O) Preservation Program – or HOPP on Board. Water (and air) are two of the most precious resources needed to sustain life. The HOPP initiative mission is simple: Conserving and Protecting Drinking Water – Sanitary Sewer Water – Storm Water.
While it seems like we have unlimited water, it is a finite source as we never make more water and in fact, there is the same amount of water on Earth now as when it was formed. Water does not "go" anywhere, rather it just moves around from liquid to gaseous then back to liquid (or for those of us in the tundra occasionally solid) state. Click here to see an example.
Ensuring we preserve the water we have is best accomplished by conserving what we use and protecting every drop there is from contamination while simultaneously working to reduce the amount of clear water into the storm and sanitary sewer systems.
As part of Mounds View's Water Preservation Program (H2OPP), the City Council adopted Ordinance 967 which requires all property owners, at the point of sale or transfer of their property, to have the sewer service line from the property to the sewer main, televised and if needed; rehabilitated or repaired. The sewer service line is called the “lateral” and is the responsibility of the property owner. The goal of the program is to eliminate the infiltration of ground water into the sanitary sewer system.
Wastewater from Mounds View travels through the City's sanitary sewer system to the Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is operated by the Metropolitan Council Environment Services Division (MCES). MCES treats wastewater for communities in the seven county metropolitan area.
The current cost to treat Mounds View's sanitary sewer water is over $1 million per year. An estimated 40% of that $1 million is infiltration and excessive inflow. Inflow is the clear/gray water coming through the drains, sinks, toilets, showers and tubs, etc. Excessive inflow includes non-efficient water appliances, sump pumps flowing into sanitary sewer drains, running your faucet longer than needed or taking long showers.
MCES requires the City to reduce peak flows to the system. To minimze the possibility of MCES surcharges, the City and MCES are making improvements to the public sanitary sewer system. In addition, the City requires private sanitary sewer services to be maintained and has developed an I & I Inspection Program. (See document section for program flier.)
What is the first step of the I & I Program?
Point of Sale Inspection. The property owner must fill out an Inspection Application for a Infiltration and Inflow Inspection. The cost for this application is $250.00. (See document section for application) Properties offered for sale or transfer must first have a televised inspection of the sanitary sewer service line (lateral) for your property; based on the televising results, you may need rehabilitate or repair the lateral. The property owner will need to hire a company to televise the sewer line.
The goal of the program is twofold; eliminate the infiltration of ground water into the sanitary sewer system otherwise known as infiltration, and eliminate sanitary sewer water from seeping into our ground water.
What is the next step?
The lateral will need to be televised, the video will then be submitted to the Public Works Department, email@example.com for review.
Upon review of the video, it will be determined if infiltration exists. Infiltration conditions include but not limited to, a crack in the pipe, an off set joint, tree roots protruding into the pipe.
If no infiltration exists, a Certificate of I & I Compliance is issued by the City, which is valid for 10 years from the date of issue and must remain with the property.
If infiltration exists, repairs must be made to the lateral before the sale or transfer of the property. Repairs might include excavation or lining of the existing lateral; the best procedure to repair the service will be determined by the property owner and its contractor.
Contractor? How will I find this information?
The City will have a list of contractors that are qualified to perform these types of repairs.
Zero Interest Loan Money for Home Improvement?
As a way to help alleviate costs to homeowners to inspect, repair sewer lines, or upgrade your water softner with new technology the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE) is partnering with the EDA to administrate a 0% loan program for up to 5 years. For more information visit the mnlendingcenter.org or call 612-335-5884.
Any other information I need to know?
As part of the I & I Inspection Program, the City inspects properties to determine if roof drains, foundation drains, sump pumps, and other clear water sources known as inflow are connected to the sanitary sewer system. As mentioned earlier, the City's cost to treat the sanitary sewer water is $1 million; eliminating clear water from treatment will reduce MCES treatment costs.
Contact the Public Works Department at 763.717.4050.
The Goals of the H2OPP Program:
- Protecting ground water from contamination.
- Conservation of treated water.
- Reduction of discharge into storm and sanitary sewer systems.