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Posted on: May 14, 2018

Met Council to hold Public Meetings on Wastewater Reuse Project

Met Council to hold public meetings on wastewater reuse project in southeast metro
Opportunities for public input on May 21, May 31

The Metropolitan Council will be offering opportunities for the public to weigh in on proposed wastewater reuse facilities in Rosemount and Inver Grove Heights. The Council is holding a May 21 and May 24 public information meeting and a May 31 formal public hearing. (See details below.)

The proposed project, the Southeast Metro Water Reclamation Facilities, would expand the ability to reuse wastewater, once it’s been treated by the Council. Over the years, the Council has fielded inquiries from various parties about wastewater reuse in the southeast metro, but hasn’t provided that treated water – also called “reclaimed water” – in this area of the region. To do so, the Council would need to treat the wastewater to a higher level required for reclaimed water, compared to the level required for discharging into the river. 

“The purpose of the public engagement is to inform and hear from the public about the proposed reuse facilities as opportunities for wastewater reuse arise,” said project manager Deborah Manning, Assistant Manager of Plant Engineering at the Council.

The Canadian firm, Enerkem, has expressed interest in using reclaimed water at its proposed waste-to-biofuel facility in Inver Grove Heights, which is projected to create more than 100 jobs. By using reclaimed water from the Council, Enerkem would avoid withdrawing approximately one million gallons a day of groundwater as its water source. 

The Council project is currently in the planning phase. According to that plan, the Council would build water reclamation facilities (filtration, disinfection, storage) in Rosemount to treat wastewater discharged from its Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant. 

“A key reason for holding public meetings early in the project planning stage, even as potential users such as Enerkem make final project decisions, is to qualify for public, low-interest financing the Council would need for proposed regional water reclamation facilities,” continued Manning. 

The proposed Southeast Metro Water Reclamation Facility would be located at the Council’s former Rosemount Wastewater Treatment Plant at 4005 140th Street East. The project also includes a Council-owned distribution pipe to the 117th Street industrial area in Inver Grove Heights.

“The City of Rosemount believes the opportunity to reuse wastewater from the Empire Wastewater Treatment Plant discharge pipe that passes through Rosemount could provide environmental and economic development benefits to the community,” said Rosemount City Administrator Logan Martin.  

Public information meeting
May 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Rosemount Community Center, Banquet Hall, 13885 South Robert Trail 

Public information meeting

May 24, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Veteran's Memorial Community Center, 8055 Barbara Ave, Inver Grove Heights

Formal public hearing
May 31, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Rosemount Community Center, Banquet Hall, 13885 South Robert Trail 

Representatives from the Metropolitan Council will present information at the May 21 public meeting on the proposed regional wastewater reuse facilities. A representative from Enerkem will also be on hand to respond to questions about its proposed waste-to-biofuel facility in Inver Grove Heights.   

Next steps 

Following the public hearing at the end of May, the Council will consider all comments and expects to vote on the Facility Plan this summer. The Council Facility Plan would then be submitted for review to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) as part of the loan approval process.
A draft Facility Plan for the proposed Southeast Metro Water Reclamation Facility will be available on the Metropolitan Council website by May 17, 2018.
All interested persons are encouraged to attend the public information meeting and provide comment at the public hearing. You also may submit comments, which must be received by the Metropolitan Council no later than June 11, 2018, as follows:
• Send written comments to: Tim O’Donnell at Metropolitan Council Environmental Services, 390 Robert St. N., St. Paul, MN 55101-1805
• Fax comments to: Tim O’Donnell at 651-602-1477
• Record comments on the Metropolitan Council Public Comment Line at 651-602-1500
• E-mail comments to:
• Send TTY comments to 651-291-0904
Upon request, the Council will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities at the public information meeting and the public hearing.  Also, the Council will mail a paper copy of the draft Facility Plan upon request.  Please submit requests to Tim O’Donnell at or 651-602-1269 before May 17, 2018.

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