Wastewater Initiatives & Projects

In addition to its ongoing daily work, the Council engages in a rigorous planning program to meet new demand for growth, maintain current systems, save energy through new technologies, and improve treatment standards. (MCES staff and consultants use these assumptions and methodologies (pdf) in all financial analysis and budget development.)


People in Plant

Growth and maintenance

The Council regularly adopts a new, rolling six-year Capital Improvement Program that describes system-wide projects and estimated costs.  An annual Capital Program describes the projects in more detail.

Man in Lab

Energy conservation and renewable energy

Energy use is a major expense for MCES – about $15 million per year. Through energy conservation and increased use of renewable energy, however, MCES is achieving considerable economic and environmental benefits, lowering costs and reducing air emissions like carbon dioxide.

MCES’s energy-reduction goal for 2015 is to reduce its estimated purchase of energy for continuing operations by 25% as compared to the 2006 baseline. By 2020, MCES plans to reduce its purchased energy by 50% while achieving or exceeding current levels of service.  More about energy conservation and renewable energy initiatives.

Metro Solids Facility

Metro Plant Solids Management Facility Plan

The Metropolitan Wastewater Treatment Plant (Metro Plant) is located three miles southeast of downtown Saint Paul.  It treats 180 million gallons of wastewater every day for 66 communities and processes 850 wet tons of solids every day for 73 communities.  The Metro Plant needs additional solids processing capacity to preserve existing wastewater treatment plant infrastructure and serve regional population growth.  MCES proposes to construct a fourth incinerator, followed by renewal of existing incineration facilities which was found to be the most cost-effective and sustainable alternative to meet the region’s wastewater needs. Find out more information about the project.

Man in Plant

Sewer planning and construction updates

As part of day-to-day operations, staff are engaged in dozens of ongoing projects – both large and small – to plan, build and rehabilitate various sewers and related facilities.

Agency staff regularly host public information meetings, public meetings, hearings and announcements to inform interested citizens about MCES work underway in the community such as the sewer planning and construction project updates.