Golden Valley's water, sanitary sewer, and storm sewer systems are categorized as utility infrastructure. Utility infrastructure is the underlying physical foundation of a city. It includes utility equipment such as the City's joint water distribution system with New Hope and Crystal (water mains, pipes, and towers) and its sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems, ponds, and other flood control devices.
Golden Valley's water resources include Bassett Creek, recreational lakes, ponds, and wetlands. Storm sewer pipes carry rain, melting snow, and other clear water (but not wastewater) to these streams, ponds, or other water bodies.
The Joint Water Commission (JWC) cities of Golden Valley, Crystal, and New Hope purchase water from the City of Minneapolis, which draws its water supply from the Mississippi River. After treatment and purification, the water is pumped to its customers throughout the metro area.
Maintenance is a continuous process. Old and worn facilities must be replaced and new technology incorporated to ensure a high level of utility service at the lowest possible cost. The cost of maintaining a City's utility infrastructure is covered by utility fees, not property taxes. Every time you pay your utility bill, part of that money is used for maintenance, ongoing repairs, and updates to the entire utility system.