Regional Sanitary Sewer Inspections

MCES Project No. 809089

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 Description

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater and treatment system, is currently conducting a regional sanitary sewer inspection project. A contractor, working under the direction of MCES, is video recording the inside of the MCES sewer pipes to document their conditions and help MCES determine the scope of repair needed, if any. This inspection is done by dropping a robotic camera into the sewer pipes through a maintenance hole.

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Inspection Process

1. Inspections of MCES sanitary sewer pipes will occur through existing maintenance holes.

Photo of maintenance hole cover with the word Sanitary on its surface

2. A utility vehicle will be used to minimize landscape damage if maintenance holes are located on unpaved surfaces.

Photo of a utility vehicle.  It has tracks instead of wheels and a cargo area in the rear.

3. The floating robotic camera is used to record footage of pipe conditions.

Project Schedule

MCES routinely inspects sanitary sewers throughout the region.

In fall 2020 and early 2021, inspections will be performed in the following cities: Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Maplewood, and Saint Paul.

Project Impacts

While we do our best to minimize impacts during inspections, some temporary inconveniences may occur as work takes place, including:

  • Noise
  • Odor
  • Disruptions due to crews working in the roadway and on MCES easements in yards.

Please drive slowly and use extra caution.

Project Communication

Residents along the inspection route will receive a letter explaining the project.

If the MCES contractor needs to gain access to MCES facilities through private property, MCES staff or its contractor will attempt to contact the resident beforehand.

Your community’s Public Works Department has been notified of this work. If you have questions or concerns about this work, please contact us using the email address or phone number below.

Project Staff


Project Manager: Dan Chouinard, Interceptor Engineering
Council's Authorized Representative: Sarah Hachey, Principal Contract Administrator, Construction Services

Project Contacts


Phone: 651.236.9841

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