Water, Sewer & Stormwater

Utilities Crew

Drinking Water

The City of Edina operates two separate water systems: Edina and Morningside.

Edina: Water comes from 18 groundwater wells, ranging from approximately 450 to 1,100 feet deep. All well water is treated with fluoride (for public health and wellness), chlorine (disinfectant) and polyphosphates (pipe corrosion inhibitor). 

Nine of the wells are pumped to one of four Water Treatment Plants for additional removal of iron and manganese, naturally occurring minerals common to groundwater. Once the water has been treated, it is distributed through a system of 200 miles of water main, four water towers and a ground reservoir to supply homes and businesses with clean, safe drinking water.

Morningside: Supplied with treated surface water from the City of Minneapolis that utilizes ultrafiltration, lime softening and multiple chemical treatments. While the water is from Minneapolis, Edina maintains the system's piping.

The City produces an annual water quality report that is mailed to all Edina homes as part of the Public Works Pipeline newsletter.

Sanitary Sewer Collection

Sewer collection and flow is based on gravity. It is designed to "run downhill." In areas where there is a variety of elevation changes, Lift stations are installed to gather flows, and then pump (lift) the sewage through a pressurized force main to a higher point where it can be discharged and gravity again takes over.

At the most basic level, the City simply collects and pumps sewage to a neighboring community where it eventually goes to a wastewater treatment facility operated by the Metro Council Environmental Service (MCES).

Learn about the city's sanitary sewer policy.

Stormwater Management Network

The City stormwater management network is used to capture and convey water that falls from the sky including rain, hail, and snow. In a natural landscape without development, stormwater can soak into the ground where it falls. In an urban landscape, stormwater falls onto impervious surfaces that do not allow water to soak into the ground such as roads, rooftops, driveways, and parking lots. The extent of the stormwater management network can be viewed on the interactive water resources map.

Learn more about stormwater management.