Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES), operator of the metro area wastewater collection and treatment system, made improvements to the sanitary sewer interceptors along the southern end of Long Lake in New Brighton, Minnesota.
These interceptors are a critical component of sanitary sewer service in New Brighton, taking wastewater from local residents and businesses and sending it to the Wastewater Treatment Plant to be treated before being released back into the environment. The improvements repaired aging infrastructure and enhanced the system’s efficiency and reliability.
Construction: September 2022 to January 2023
Restoration: Spring to early Summer 2023
Virtual Open House Materials
A virtual open house was held on September 21, 2022. The presentation and video are available below.
What to Expect
MCES has developed three short videos to help explain why projects like this are necessary, what smells you may experience during the project, and how we will return the project sites to how they were before or better during the restoration phase.
“This Old Pipe”
The sewer pipes right under our feet are an important part of our wastewater infrastructure, but they are getting old and need repair. MCES has a strategic plan to fix aging sewer pipes to keep the region’s wastewater flowing and neighborhoods safe.
“What’s That Smell?”
As wastewater crews fix our pipes from the inside, you might smell - well, poop. Another smell you might notice is a little bit like glue. These smells are normal, and they can escape during repair. Our crews will monitor odors to meet air quality standards and we’ll do our best to reduce them during construction.
MCES is committed to being a good neighbor and restoring our sewer construction sites back to how they were before, or better. We may need to remove or relocate trees and shrubs or wait for the right season to complete work like planting grass, but our onsite staff will be there to help!