Does sewer rule stink?

  • Article by: James Eli Shiffer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 3, 2009 - 8:56 PM

Most Golden Valley homeowners are facing an expensive city mandate: Repair their aging sewer pipes.

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zulu226Oct. 3, 09 9:13 PM

For $20.00 you can come over and video my nice new clean sewer line and be done with it.

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mnguardian01Oct. 3, 09 9:44 PM

THE MET COUNCIL!! I & I is a problem but the real problem is the 19th century mentality of draining aquifers using the water once and sending it ALL to Louisiana. Think about it. Millions of gallons of water a day pulled from aquifers and sent down river. Now personally I wonder what Golden Valley would do if the homeowners put in onsite systems and unhooked from the "Big Pipe"?

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MellersOct. 3, 09 9:51 PM

The cost to remove waste is the responsibility of those who produce the waste-the homeowners. I remember when my parents were mandated to go to city sewer (they lived in a township at the time) and because they officially had 4 lots (1 home) they had to pay 4 times the cost. But they understood the environmental benefit from going to septic to city sewer. It may be bad timing that so many sewer lines are failing because they're so old (some were built more than 100 years ago!) but that's the price to pay for modern life, no? The fact that they don't have to replace them until they try to sell their house is giving the homeowner a break.

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roxanneOct. 3, 0910:04 PM

I live in Golden Valley and went through the inspection in May. Of course there were issues. I could have done just part of the job and worry about it later but decided to go forward with the entire length to the street to the tune of $5500. I filed paperwork with the city immediately to apply for some reimbursement from the Met Council and was told the program funds had run out. I still don't know if this was a smart move or not; I worry that when I do go to sell in five or so years they'll require another inspection and find new issues, so I would have been better off waiting until then. Between a rock and a hard place!

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dgbrongOct. 3, 0910:58 PM

They will never stop!

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obamanation2Oct. 3, 0911:14 PM

About 10 years ago, my company was installing a new sanitation sewer line and we were told that PVC piping could not be used. We had to install clay piping per code! I bet this issue could be insignificant compared to the load Mpls puts on Metro Waste from broken sewer pipes bringing in non santitary waste.

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adelphiaOct. 3, 0911:37 PM

So he's never had a problem with his sewer. The issue, however, is that rain water is leaking into his sewer, not that sewage is leaking out of it. The proof of infiltration is the stalagmites growing into his pipes. He says that for some reason the infiltration has stopped. What's his evidence for that unlikely event? Well, nothing. Apparently his feels we all should pay the Met Council to treat his rainwater with the same expensive process as toilet effluent. That's bad policy on every level. Wastes money on oversized treatment plants and collector mains, causes river polluting overflows, contaminates water that would otherwise be self-cleaning, and lets the polluter escape the cost of his pollution. Allowing the homeowner to defer the expense until he will see cash from a house sale is a very humane way to remedy a serious environmental problem. Kudos to Golden Valley for being the adult here.

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thacaroOct. 4, 0912:11 AM

Install a septic system and refuse to use the city's system.

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jjbensonOct. 4, 0912:20 AM

Fire half the bureaucrats and give the other half a 50% cut in pay. Problem solved. The leaches live high on our money taked at the point of a gun. Most of this local insanity is caused by government workers and not the politicians. The politicians just follow the lead of the morons.

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bcarefulOct. 4, 0912:31 AM

He's right that he hasn't had a problem with his sewer. The problem is he's wrong because there are problems downstream from him caused by the inflow into his pipe that doesn't affect his home directly. He replaced a portion of the system already - seems to me he already knew of some issues - and he probably would have smarter to make the full replacement in the first place. He claims the city has no evidence that any leaking is occuring? What is his evidence that it isn't happening?

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