Utilities Division

Drinking Water

The City of Edina operates two separate water systems: The Morningside water system and the Edina water system.
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The Morningside system is supplied with treated surface water from the City of Minneapolis which utilizes Ultrafiltration, lime softening and multiple chemical treatments. While the water is from Minneapolis, Edina's Utility Department maintains the system's piping.

The Edina system gets its water 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).

Further, nine of the wells are pumped to one of four Water Treatment Plants (WTP) 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.

Learn about the city's annual water quality report.

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.

Storm Water Collection

Storm water collects and flows on this same gravitational basis. During and after a rain or melt event, it is crucial that water is removed quickly from roadways so it doesn't create a public safety issue. However, instead of being sent to a treatment plant, it is routed to our creeks, ponds, lakes and wetlands.

These highly visible areas serve as natural treatment facilities for our storm water, create wildlife habitat and add to the aesthetics of our neighborhoods. Hence, maintaining the quality and health of these areas is also considered in the management of The City's storm water program.

Learn more about storm water collection.