Chaska Area Sewer Inspection Project

MCES Project No. 802882

Understandably, the spread of COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has raised questions about the status of Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) plant and interceptor construction projects. Please note the following:

  • Construction on wastewater treatment plants and sewer interceptors will continue. The contractors are following working environment protocols (asking employees to stay home if they are sick, social distancing, etc.) as outlined by public health agencies.

  • Some project staff are working remotely while others remain on-site to ensure proper oversight of the project. Staff will stay connected through emails, conference calls, and web-based meetings to manage construction activities.

Contact information

For information regarding construction, please call the construction hotline or send an email to the contact information listed on the bottom of that project’s website.

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Project Update - August 9, 2019.  See Project Updates below.

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Project Overview

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, inspected the regional sanitary sewer pipes between Chaska and Shakopee. The pipes were originally constructed in the 1990s and have a variation of elevation changes and curves, lending to potential build-up of gases and deterioration.  The project also included sewer pipe cleaning and restoration of a service road in the area.

Chaska Area Sewer Inspection Project Overview (PDF)

How the Inspection Was Done

The project used SmartBall technology to inspect approximately 15,000 feet of pipes. Crews inserted a golf ball-sized sphere into the sewer pipes that flowed downstream and analyzed the pipes with the use of an acoustic sensor to detect potential pipe deterioration. The ball was inserted near lift station (L71) near 2nd Street and Beech Street in Chaska and flowed downstream to its retrieval point by Marystown Road and Highway 169 in Shakopee.

SmartBall Technology Infographic (PDF)


Chaska Area Sewer Inspection Project Map (PDF)
Current Schedule

The project began in December 2018.  Final restoration is expected to be completed by fall 2019.


Project Updates

Project Update - August 9, 2019 (PDF) 118 kB

Project Update - June 10, 2019 (PDF) 233 kB

Project Update - March 19, 2019 (PDF) 475 kB

Project Update - January 25, 2019 (PDF) 487 kB

Project Contacts

For information, please contact:

Tom Buchal, Principal Contract Administrator

Michael Villari, Project Manager

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