Regional Sanitary Sewer Inspections

MCES Project No. 809089

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Project Description

Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) is currently conducting a regional sanitary sewer inspection project. We are video recording the inside of the MCES sewer pipes to document their conditions and help us determine if and when they should be repaired or replaced. This work is done by dropping a robotic camera into the sewer pipes through a maintenance hole.

MCES Regional Sanitary Sewer Inspections Project Information Sheet (PDF)

Project Location

MCES routinely inspects sanitary sewers throughout the region.

In 2020, inspections will be performed in the following cities: Brooklyn Center, Deephaven, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Maplewood, Mendota Heights, Shorewood, Saint Paul, and Minneapolis.

Project Schedule

In February 2020, crews will be conducting inspections in Eden Prairie and Minnetonka.

Construction Impacts

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

  • Noise
  • Smell
  • Landscaping impacts (e.g. temporarily matted grass)
  • Crews working in the roadway. Please drive slowly and use extra caution.

Project Communications

Your city has been notified of this work.

If crews must enter your property to access maintenance holes for the inspection, they will knock on your door first to explain their work. If crews cannot reach someone at your home, they will leave project information hanging from your door to let you know they were on your property.

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 Updates

Coming Soon


Project Contacts

For information, please contact:


Phone: 651.236.9841

Project Staff


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

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