Dublin Water Treatment Plant

The City of Edina has approved the construction of a new water treatment plant in the Northwest part of the Prospect Hills Neighborhood, 7000 Dublin Road. This will be Water Treatment Plant 5, in the Dublin Reservoir. Our goal is to work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered in the design.

The City of Edina has approved the construction of a new water treatment plant in the Northwest part of the Prospect Hills Neighborhood, 7000 Dublin Road. This will be Water Treatment Plant 5, in the Dublin Reservoir. Our goal is to work directly with the public throughout the process to ensure that public concerns and aspirations are consistently understood and considered in the design.

Share with us your questions related to the design or any concerns you may have.

Dublin Water Treatment Plant

  • Per our long conversation and I appreciate you taking the time BUT as I stated I will fight to the bitter end to stop this project from getting started. Definition of Common Sense "Good sense and sound judgement in practical matters" Does it make Common Sense to construct a water treatment plant in the middle of a high end residential neighborhood ? Answer HELL NO! Ross ask yourself would you like this plant next to your home? Roger

    roger anderson asked 1 day ago

    Roger,

    Thanks for the call today. It was good to hear you out on visual and traffic issues that might have an affect on the value of homes in the area. I hope that as you work to appeal the site selection decision, you can also work with us on the design development alternatives so we have the benefit of your input in the case the project moves forward.

    -Ross

  • It makes no sense to me that the city does not have to abide by its own zoning laws. What a poor example, if the city doesn't follow its laws why should anyone else have too? I'm referring to water treatment plant number 5 in the Parkwood Knolls neighborhood. This site, though owned by the city, is zoned residential and you are going to build an industrial water treatment plant without the proper re-zoning protocol. Shame on you. To build a plant there you need to go through a zoning change with all the appropriate public hearings. The infrastructure around that site does not support what it will take to build such a treatment plant. The roads are some of the narrowest in the city with already dangerous blind spots, heavy equipment and trucks hauling will make it extremely dangerous for everyone who lives in the area. Mr. Mayor, city council, engineering service manager, and community engagement coordinator, you should all be a better example for what is known as a great city to live in. Don't start a trend that shows Edina citizens that you don't care about what's right, by setting this poor example.

    John Q Public asked 1 day ago

    John Q,

    Utility buildings are permitted uses in all zoning districts in the city (See Code Sec. 36-1273.)  That said, the building must follow the same setback requirements of a home.  If the project needs any variances or other special approvals, the project team will request them using the same process a homeowner would, through the customary process at the Planning Commission and City Council. I hope you take part in our upcoming meeting, I am interested to hear more about your safety concerns.  With your input we can make the project safe and successful.

    -Ross Bintner 

  • Why do you intend to build the structure on the front of the property rather than the rear? Are there issues other than convenience in equipment overrunning the tank during construction?

    Bart Muldowney asked 3 days ago

    Bart,

    Yes, the preference for locating the structure to the front of the site is for constructability and access. 

    -Ross Bintner

  • This will end up in court if the city selects this site. City staff cannot make decisions in a vacuum like this. Just looking at the technical reasons for projects ignores the political ramifications if residents object. There has already been $900K spent on the Southdale site that was rejected. It would be nice to be transparent and talk about where that money went.

    Frenkel asked 11 days ago

    David,
    Considerable resources were invested to design the Southdale site.  Decisions about the site selection are made by the City Council and are not taken simply from a technical perspective.  As I mentioned in my response to Sally, I will address the site selection decision at our first meeting. If you cannot attend the meeting, materials presented during it will be provided here. 

    We are excited about the City Council’s recent work on public engagement. This is a great opportunity for us to reach the public in a way that suits their needs and involve everyone affected, early in the process, to ensure they are heard and we address concerns and tradeoffs up front. 

    -Ross Bintner

  • I’m wondering if other areas of the city, other than in a residential neighborhood, were considered for this treatment facility? If so, where?

    Sally asked 15 days ago

    Sally,

    Yes, the preliminary engineering reports for site selection reviewed four other sites including Southdale water tower, Yorktown Park, Fred Richards Park, and 69th Street median.  I will plan to  specifically address the siting decision during our first meeting. 

    -Ross Bintner

  • Curious why the project went forward without asking the neighbors beforehand? Would you like a water plant in your neighborhood? Not what would you like it to look like? Monica

    Dublin asked 15 days ago

    Monica,

    Thanks for reaching out. The siting decision for this plant has a lot to do with the water system and the opportunities and issues of the system. We think it's a strong business case for the location and I will provide an overview during my presentation to the Council tonight.   The first phase of our design will be rooted in conversation with neighbors to understand all the issues and make trade-offs in a open and participatory way.


  • Will the construction/reconstruction have a detrimental effect on our water service lines?

    Muir Woods asked 18 days ago

    Hello MuirWoods,

    No, the project will not have a negative effect on your water service line, we predict the opposite.  Some of the highest homes in the City are near this reservoir and currently when we fill it in the evening, it can cause water pressures to drop significantly.  The proposed change would allow the reservoir to fill without causing a pressure drop in the area and production of water at this site will boost pressure slightly in the area.

    -Ross Bintner

  • The council report to hire an engineer and architect for the design of the facility is posted here: https://edina.novusagenda.com/AgendaPublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=5980&MeetingID=1091 Also included in the report is the plan for public participation described the right side bar. -Ross Bintner

    16 days ago

    Ross Bintner, Engineering Services Manager, will be presenting the report to Council at this week's City Council meeting. The meeting is on Tuesday, February 5, at 7:00pm. You can view the Council item here.