Thanks to state money available to fifty cities this year, including St. Paul, residential property owners can qualify for up to $2,000 in grant money for repair of any portion of their private sewer pipe, from the foundation to the public main.
Leaky sewer pipes and foundation drains (rain leaders) are the two most common private sources of Inflow and Infiltration (I&I), a term that refers to excessive flow of clear water into a City’s sanitary sewer system. A leaky sewer pipe can also cause a sewage back-up into a home or spill into the environment. The money, available through the state’s Clean Water Fund, is part of an effort to reduce I&I.
I&I is an expensive problem for a City because this clear water ends up being treated at the Metropolitan Council’s waste treatment plant – when it doesn’t need to be. Clear water should be diverted to the underground aquifer or to the City’s storm sewer system, sparing the City and its residents the added cost of treating clear water.
If you’ve paid to repair your private sewer pipe any time after June 30, 2013, or plan to repair your pipe soon, you may be eligible for reimbursement through the Clean Water Fund program. Click the link below to learn more or call the Sewer Utility service desk at (651) 266-6234 to see if you're eligible.