St. Louis Park proactively addressing aging infrastructure
If you read the Nov. 26, 2017 Star Tribune article about aging city infrastructure, you might be curious what St. Louis Park is doing regarding this issue. In 2013, the city implemented an aggressive infrastructure replacement plan to address aging infrastructure. Replacement is funded through water and sewer rates.
Replacement of sewer and water main takes place in conjunction with planned pavement management projects, with water main evaluated for age, condition and number of breaks. Sections that are more than 50 years old, are in poor condition or that have had more than five breaks are considered for replacement. Sewer lines are televised regularly and are replaced or lined (a more cost-effective alternative to replacement) as needed based on a variety of factors, also in conjunction with pavement management projects. On average each year, the city replaces about two miles of water main and lines roughly three miles of sanitary sewer.
The city reviews its utility rates every year, along with its operating budget, Capital Improvement Plan and Long Range Financial Management Plan, to make sure funding will be sustainable in the long term. For more information, visit the city budget webpage or watch a recorded presentation on the 2018 budget.