Ongoing I/I Mitigation Program
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services provides financial incentives for communities to reduce excessive I/I in the wastewater system from public and private sources. Since the program began in 2004, metro area communities have invested more than $165 million to repair local wastewater infrastructure.
Inflow/Infiltration Grant Programs
The 2020 Municipal I/I Grant Program consists of $5M in bonding bill funding for the purpose of providing grants to municipalities for capital improvements to public infrastructure to mitigate I/I.
Grant applications were due on April 16, 2021. Late applicants are not guaranteed a spot in the program and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
The I/I Grant Program is available to communities in the metro area that have been recognized by the Met Council as an excessive I/I contributor or have a measurable flow rate within 20% of the allowable flow limit.
Eligible work includes:
- Pipe lining and replacement
- Pipe joint sealing and chimney seals
- Manholes – lining, replacement
- Manhole sealing joints, castings, covers
- Flood mitigation
- Cross connection elimination
- Studies, investigations, or investigations
- Engineering costs
- Any improvements to privately owned infrastructure or private service lines
Qualified spending must occur between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2022.
A virtual information session on the 2020 grant program was held in January 2021. Meeting materials from that information session are available below.
The Council is advocating for additional funding from the state in the 2022 legislative session for future grants.