Surface Water & Sewers

Learn about the services Surface Water and Sewers provides and how we help protect the environment.

Surface Water and Sewers

  • To increase awareness of stormwater management and surface water quality issues
  • To provide information about City of Minneapolis programs and operations that will improve surface water quality
  • To encourage community involvement and participation in watershed stewardship

Stormwater news

Minneapolis Adopt-A-Drain program

In 2018, 360 people signed up for the Adopt-A-Drain program, keeping 908 storm drains clean in Minneapolis. Through the end of 2018, 835 people have adopted over 2,200 storm drains in Minneapolis! To sign up and find out more about the program, click here.  

Fat, oils & grease

See the 2018 Star Tribune article about the efforts by the City of Minneapolis to keep Fat, Oil & Grease out of sanitary sewers.

Street sweeping

You can help keep Minneapolis streets and waterways clean by watching this street sweeping video to learn why and how the City of Minneapolis sweeps streets.

Help prevent stormwater pollution by going through the Salt Mini Course and by keeping salt out of the waters of Minneapolis.

Stormwater and sanitary sewer review process

Chapter 54 is a Minneapolis ordinance that establishes requirements for land-disturbing activities, and for existing stormwater devices. The Stormwater & Sanitary Sewer Guide contains guidelines and regulations to help you with this process.


Stormwater and Surface Water 

Stormwater and surface water are related

Stormwater is rainwater. Surface water is found in lakes, rivers, ponds and other water bodies. Keeping stormwater clean is important to everyone, as it eventually empties into our surface waters. Stormwater becomes surface water.

Managing storm and surface waters is important

Managing stormwater and surface water protects and improves the quality of the Mississippi River, and the lakes and creeks of Minneapolis, as well as helping to control flooding.

Stormwater documents and information





Contact us

Surface Water & Sewers

Public Works




Public Service Center
250 South 4th St, Room 300
Minneapolis, MN 55415

(Our office is closed to the public at this time)

Office hours

Monday – Friday
7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.