Leaky sewer pipes and foundation drains (rain leaders) are the two most common private sources of I/I. A leaky sewer pipe can 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 what is known as inflow and infiltration (I/I), a term that refers to excessive flow of clear water into a city’s sanitary sewer system.
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 30th, 2013, or plan to repair your pipe soon, you may be eligible for reimbursement through the Clean Water Fund program.Start by calling the service desk at the city’s Sewer Utility at (651)-266-6234. Staff there can answer your questions and assist you with the application process.