About this Plan
Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro-area wastewater collection and treatment system, is developing a Facility Plan for the Lake Minnetonka service area. Projects included in this plan will serve communities within Hennepin and Carver County. The plan will consist of five future projects that will help MCES maintain operational reliability, preserve regional assets, protect the environment, and partner with customers.
The draft Facility Plan will be completed in the fall of 2020. The public will have an opportunity to comment on the plan at an online public hearing. The Facility Plan will be finalized in early 2021.
For a larger version, see the Lake Minnetonka Facility Plan Project Map (PDF)
Draft Facility Plan
The Lake Minnetonka Regional Interceptor Sewer Improvements Project Facility Plan draft is available for public review using the link below:
Lake Minnetonka Area Regional Interceptor Sewer Improvements Project Draft Facility Plan (PDF)
Printed versions are also available for the public to review at the locations listed below. Please call ahead to see if your desired location is open. Many facilities have closed due to COVID-19.
- Orono City Hall, 2750 Kelley Pkwy., Orono
- Excelsior Library, 337 Water St., Excelsior
The Draft Facility Plan comment period is open now through December 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.
- Mail written comments to: Tim O'Donnell at Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, 390 Robert Street North, Saint Paul, MN 55101-1805
- Email comments to: email@example.com
- Record comments on: Metropolitan Council Public Comment Line at 651-602-1500
- Send TTY comments to 651-291-0904
- Attend the online public hearing on December 15, 2020. More information on the public hearing is available in the Online Public Hearing section below.
Online Public Hearing
A virtual public hearing was held December 15, 2020.
Online Open Houses
The project team hosted two online open houses.
- Southeastern Lake Minnetonka Area Projects Open House (Excelsior/Deephaven/Shorewood Area) - Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Northwestern Lake Minnetonka Area Projects Open House (Orono Area) - Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The open house presentation and FAQ summary are available at the links below:
How it Works Video: Lift Stations
What is a lift station?
MCES pumping stations or "lift stations" pump wastewater flows from low points in the local sanitary sewer system. Once “lifted”, wastewater flows by gravity through MCES's regional pipes to a Metropolitan Council Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant. Pumping stations usually have an aboveground building to house mechanical, electrical, odor control, and communications equipment.