In July, a contractor hired by the City of Edina flushed the water main system serving homes on Crocker, Lynn, and Oakdale Avenues as well as Morningside Road. The City had notified residents in advance that water would be discolored for a few days following this flushing, but discoloration persisted longer than expected due to the condition of the existing iron pipes and Minneapolis' water treatment protocol.
Residents expressed a number of concerns to City staff, council members and MNA Steering Committee Members and on NextDoor.com. Concerns included:
Water main pipe breaks that resulted in longer than expected interruption of water service
Staining or other damage to home appliances and bathroom/kitchen fixtures
Rust stains along street gutters and at the ends of driveways
Drinking water safety
Following an assessment and additional research, City staff recommended that a liner be inserted into the water main pipes serving areas affected by this project. On September 10, residents received a letter with an update and an invitation to attend a neighborhood meeting on September 23. At that meeting, residents asked about the technology being used for this project and expressed concerns about drinking water safety once the liners have been installed.
Morningside residents asked the City to test water quality prior to and following the completion of the relining project. They also requested and received information from City Staff about the material composition of the pipe liners, which is available here. An article describing the technology can be found here.
Please send an email message to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc the City Council at Mail@EdinaMN.gov if you have concerns that we have not listed above or additional questions. We will post additional information to this web site as it becomes available.