Water Treatment Plant

The City of Edina has approved the construction of a new water treatment plant. The city has considered a variety of site options. Two sites include the Southdale area and more recently a site in the Northwest part of the Prospect Hills Neighborhood, 7000 Dublin Road.

This new Water Treatment Plant will be the fifth one in the City. 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.

Visit back to this project page to keep up to date on next steps!

The City of Edina has approved the construction of a new water treatment plant. The city has considered a variety of site options. Two sites include the Southdale area and more recently a site in the Northwest part of the Prospect Hills Neighborhood, 7000 Dublin Road.

This new Water Treatment Plant will be the fifth one in the City. 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.

Visit back to this project page to keep up to date on next steps!

Share your questions or any concerns you may have.

Water Treatment Plant

  • Is it possible to consider the former public works site in the Grandview area for a new water treatment plant?

    Constance asked 5 months ago


    The City has a water treatment plant directly adjacent to that site that treats 4 wells in the north/central part of the town.  The search area for this new site focused mainly around the remaining unfiltered wells in the south west and south east areas of town.


  • I’m curious why this project would be paused when the purported negative impact upon the local residences would be very minimal if any at all, and where the overall benefit is to the city residents? There have been other private commercial developments around the city that have received significant resident objection for reasons that result in much more broad negative implications for adjacent residential neighborhoods and the city at large, where objections have been disregarded by council and projects still approved. Also, why was the Southdale location abandoned? Is the city prioritizing the Southdale location for private development versus a public water treatment plant even though the Southdale location is well suited for the water treatment plant?

    JJ asked 6 months ago


    No, the City still holds an easement to build at Southdale. I'll leave your rhetorical questions for others.  For more on the prioritization of the Dublin site, we relied on what we learned in the Water Supply Plan. For more details we described the change at the 2/5 meeting, that and the Plan are found in the Project Background Links on the right side bar.


  • An industrial water treatment plant does not fit in a residential area, and should NOT be allowed to be pursued further. The impact of this proposal on the surrounding neighbors and declining property values is not acceptable. Is this property even zoned for Industrial use? Does this mean the city can take any lot in Edina and repurpose it without consulting the tax players? What about the $1 million already spent on the proposed Southdale site? Where will the employees at this plant park? What kind of security (fences, etc.) will surround this facility? Will it operate 24 hours at day? If so, what are the light/noise/emissions implications for the surrounding neighbors? How will our roads be impacted by heavy equipment and truck traffic? It does not matter if you put a pretty "house like" facade on the front of this building. It is still a working industrial building in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood.

    Julie asked 6 months ago


    Thanks for your input. Here are responses to your questions.  The zoning if R-1, residential, but utility facilities are acceptable uses in all zones. We do not foresee the need for security fences should Dublin be the site selected.  Parking considerations would be part of the design. The facility would operate 24 hours a day, but would have little noise or light, and no emissions.  Traffic would be acute during construction, but the occupancy under typical operations would average 1 visit a day, and 1-4 deliveries per month. <edited 2/27, missed a few words>


  • Is it possible to excavate so the bulk of the structure is below ground level? It seems that (from what I've read) the reason for this treatment site is benefits to the supply in this part of the city. Since it is a residential area (as opposed to the Southdale site) having a structure that would blend in more would be beneficial. IMHO

    Brian Helme asked 6 months ago


    Thanks for the input.  Keep following this page. We'll be providing more about the benefit and site selection as we plan the project.


  • More of a comment than question ...not understanding why this is on "pause" when staff and professional consultants have recommended this site as being the best in the city. This is important infrastructure that city council has an obligation to provide for all residents of this city. I think the city should make the site selection and then work with residents on design. This is not the only water treatment plan in Edina that is near residential and when homeowners build or bought their homes in this area the Dublin Reservoir is clearly noted on maps. People are acting as if they are going to build a football stadium or worse. I would like to thank Ross Bintner and Chad Millner for excellent work despite some challenges from the council.

    Kathy asked 6 months ago


    Thanks for your input and the call.  While engineers often highlight the technical aspects, infrastructure projects like this have trade offs. Trade off questions about who pays, who benefits, and who is impacted are not technical, and are best explored and answered in a public way and decided by elected representatives. 


  • Mr. Bintner, In the future, I would advise that you contact ALL of the neighborhoods near any construction project, and not just the 11 houses nearby. This project impacts multiple neighborhoods surrounding this location. You have failed to understand this. Also, please communicate your future correspondence via US mail. Leaving messages along the garage door is not a professional way to communicate, especially when many residents are away for the winter. Peter Lee

    peterlee078 asked 6 months ago


    I reached out to the nearest properties as a courtesy to make sure you had a contact for questions since you are most impacted.  A wider notice went out to the north west part of the Prospect Hills neighborhood (including those I reached out to directly) via mail. 


  • 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 6 months ago


    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.


  • 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 6 months 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 6 months ago


    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 7 months ago

    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 7 months ago


    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 7 months ago


    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 7 months 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

    7 months 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.