Wastewater Treatment

Industries and the vast majority of homes in the Twin Cities metropolitan area are connected to one of the Council's wastewater treatment plants through an extensive network of sewer pipes.

Whenever someone takes a shower, flushes a toilet, or runs the washing machine, the resulting wastewater is carried through a pipe off the property into a municipal sanitary sewer pipe. That pipe, in turn, is connected to a regional sewer interceptor, and finally to the wastewater treatment plant. The regional interceptor system and all treatment plants are operated and maintained by Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES).

Wastewater treatment plants

Steam rising from Metro WasteWater Treatment Plant

MCES' nine wastewater treatment plants in the seven-county metro area:

Award-winning service

MCES provides high-quality, cost-efficient service that protects public health and the environment. It consistently achieves near-perfect compliance with federal and state clean water discharge standards while holding wholesale customer rates to 40% below the national average. MCES consistently receives state and national awards for excellence in many disciplines.

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