Water & Sewer

The mission of the Utility Services Division is to provide the Savage community with reliable water and sanitary sewer services now and in the future.

Water & Sewer Set Up

Savage Public Works
13770 Dakota Ave.
Savage, MN 55378


Utility Contacts

Nights, Weekends & After Hour Emergencies (charges may apply) | 952-445-1411
Water Maintenance Issues | 952-224-3440
New Accounts & Billing Questions | 952-882-2681

Utility Billing

Water Softeners

The information below may be helpful in setting up a water softener in the City of Savage.

 
Water Quality Factors  
PH 7.6
Iron (Fe) .01 mg/L
Manganese (Mg) .004 mg/L
Sodium 3.3 mg/L
Total Hardness as Calcium Carbonate (CaCo3) 317 mg/L
Total Hardness expressed in Grains 19 - 21 grains

 

Water System

The City of Savage currently has 100 miles of water mains. This includes over 1,500 fire hydrants and 8,607 water services. The City has 9 million gallons of treated water in storage. The Credit River Tower at CR 42 and CR 27 stores 1 million gallons, the Boone Tower at Boone Avenue and 138th Street stores 500,000 gallons, the ground storage reservoir at Water Treatment Plant #2 stores 1.5 million gallons, Cates tower stores 1 million gallons, and the ground storage reservoir at CR 16 and TH 13 stores 5 million gallons.

Sewer System

The City of Savage currently has more than 110 miles of sewer mains. This includes 13 sewage lift stations with 29 pumps. The Utility Services Division performs ongoing preventive maintenance programs on the sewer collection system. These programs are designed to remove the buildup of solids and prevent backups within the system and in the home. The Utility Services Division utilizes specialized equipment to accomplish these programs.

The raw sewage from the City of Savage is pumped to the City of Eagan where it is treated at the Seneca wastewater treatment plant operated by the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services.

Treatment Plants

The City of Savage's two treatment plants process up to 9 million gallons of water daily. The treatment plants are designed to remove naturally occurring iron, manganese and radium from the raw well water. This is accomplished by aeration and chemical means during filtration. After filtration, chlorine disinfectant is added to ensure a safe product in the system. Fluoride is also added to the final product to maintain healthy teeth as mandated by the Minnesota Department of Health.

Chemicals are monitored continuously for proper dosages. The Utility Services Division performs 30 water samples throughout the month to ensure that there are no harmful bacteria within the system. These samples are tested at a State-certified lab. The Minnesota Department of Health also inspects the treatment plants and water system numerous times each year. This ensures quality water that meets all the state and federal guidelines.

All facilities are capable of operating on an extended basis with emergency backup generators.

Water & Sewer Emergencies

The most common emergency situations involving City of Savage utilities include:

  • sewer backups
  • no water or very low water pressure
  • missing manhole covers in the street
  • broken fire hydrants
  • broken water lines within the home
  • water main breaks
  • vandalism

Please call Public Works if you are experiencing any of these issues.

Maintenance Programs

The City of Savage Utility Services Division has ongoing maintenance programs designed to ensure service to the public. Some of the major programs are water meter repairs, new water meter installations, water and sewer service inspections, hydrant flushing, flow testing, hydrant repairs and curb box repairs.

 

Water Quality

  One of the most important services provided by the City of Savage is the delivery of drinking water to the community. It's a role the City takes very seriously. In addition to ensuring an adequate supply is always available, City staff carefully and regularly inspect the water to ensure it is of the highest quality.

Over the past several years, new treatment technologies have been implemented to guarantee everyone served by the City has safe drinking water.

Numerous tests were conducted in 2014 in accordance with Minnesota Department of Health and Environmental Protection Agency requirements. Once again, Savage's water meets all state and federal standards. Test results listed via the link below show that contaminant levels are below the maximum limits allowed.

2015 Water Quality Report

Information about Minnesota's treatment for lead

 

Water & Sewer FAQs

Faucet Deposits

Occasionally your water system may experience hard water or calcium deposits in your sink basins, shower tiles, or on the faucets. These mineral deposits, although harmless, will build up over time leaving a hard scale substance. These deposits can be cleaned off with a mild scouring pad and vinegar, Lime Away, Simple Green, CLR or other products sold at local retail stores. Follow label directions for best results.

How do I flush my plumbing?

The City of Savage recommends flushing out the home plumbing twice per year, or when water is discolored or carries an unpleasant odor. Please use the following steps:

  1. If the home has a water softener, bypass it temporarily.
  2. Open all cold-water faucets and let run, both inside and outside of the home.
  3. Fill the washing machine and flush all toilets.
  4. Let the water run until it clears, which should take about 5 to 15 minutes. The cost for this should be less than $1.
  5. Turn off all faucets, empty washing machine, and put the softener back in service.

Following the above steps will result in removal of loose sediment from your water system and ensures high quality, fresh water for your home or business.

What hardness is the City water?

Water from the Savage Water Treatment plant is on the average 19 grains hard. Another way to express this is 317 parts per million of total hardness measured as CaCo3. This is moderately hard water.

If your question is not answered here, please call Public Works at 952-224-3440. If you are looking for information specific to water and sewer billing, including automatic payment, please visit  Utility Billing