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.
Point of Sale Program
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'
The property owner must fill out an Inspection Application for a Inflow and Infiltration Inspection. The cost for this application is $150.00. The property owner will need to hire a company to televise the sewer line. (See document section below for application and a list of contractors.) The City has partnered with Paul Bunyan Plumbing, 612-977-3062, and they are televising for $139.00.
How to submit video?
The lateral will need to be televised, the video will then be submitted to the Public Works Department, firstname.lastname@example.org for review. The video can be sent via dropbox, mp4, or by copying to a flash drive - NO YouTube Videos!
Once Video is Submitted
Compliance - For properties that pass inspection, the City issues a Certification of I/I Compliance which is valid for 20 years, to the property keeps a copy on file at City Hall.
Non-Compliance - Properties that don't pass inspection are issued a correction notice delineating the problem such as but not limited to a crack in the pipe, an off set joint, tree roots protruding into the pipe. 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 line will be determined by the property owner and or contractor. Once the repair is made the City issues a Certificate of I&I Compliance which is valid for 20 years.
Zero Interest Loan Money for the cost of Inspection or Sewer Line Repairs
As a way to help alleviate costs to homeowners to inspect, repair sewer lines, or upgrade your water softner with new technology (click here to see article in Star Tribune) 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. https://www.mncee.org/find-financing-incentives/mounds-view-residential-0-clean-water-partnershi/
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.