What's Under My Street And Sidewalk

Ever thought about what’s under your city street or sidewalk? It’s a hidden network of underground utilities. The drinking water system delivers clean drinking water from the water treatment plant to water fixtures through a network of watermains and service lines. Once water is used, it travels through wastewater service lines and mains to the wastewater treatment plant where it is cleaned to regulated standards and returned to the environment. The storm sewer system conveys runoff into catch basins and through pipes to stormwater management ponds. City streets are mostly asphalt with a curb and gutter to assist with runoff. Streets, curb and gutter, boulevards, trails and sidewalks all fall within the public right-of-way so they can be accessed and repaired. As public underground utility systems age, network components function less efficiently and ultimately fail. The City evaluates both the street surface and underground utilities regularly to determine when infrastructure should be replaced to avoid costly emergency repairs and prolonged service outages. The resulting document, known as the Infrastructure Capital Improvements Plan, is the City Council’s guide for budgeting investments to maintain a safe and sustainable Belle Plaine for future generations.

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1. What's Under My Street And Sidewalk
2. My yard has been painted with different colors. What work is being done?
3. When is the water meter read?
4. Who is responsible for maintaining the wastewater line to my home?
5. What causes discolored water?
6. When and why are the fire hydrants flushed?
7. My water meter is leaking. Will the City repair it?
8. Where can I plant a tree?
9. What is a drainage and utility easement?
10. Why doesn't the City cut the grass around the stormwater ponds?
11. Who maintains the trees within the right-of-way?
12. My street light is burned out or doesn't work properly. Who takes care of it?
13. How do I report a pothole?
14. When does the City sweep the streets?
15. Water and Sewer Utilities: How do they get read and do you accept auto pay?
16. When I do get a bill? When is the payment due?
17. How Can I Reduce Water Usage?
18. Who Is Responsible For Frozen Water Service Lines?