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Public Works on the job during Stay at Home order

Updated: 04/15/2020

As most people are spending time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are taking extra steps to stay healthy and safe. 

Your dedicated Shakopee Public Works crews continue to maintain and operate the city’s infrastructure during this time. We are paying especially close attention to sewers and streets. 

The department has changed up its shift schedule to help protect our employees while maintaining and operating the city’s critical infrastructure - roads, sanitary sewer and storm sewer systems.

It’s also a good time to talk about how you can assist in ensuring critical infrastructure is taken care of during the Stay at Home order.

First, with a shortage of toilet paper, it’s more important than ever to be mindful of what you flush down the sewer system. Many products marked as “flushable” do not break down and clog the system. NEVER put anything but bodily waste, toilet paper or pet waste down your toilet.

To protect your home from a nasty, costly sewer backup, do not put these items down your drains: wipes, tampons or pads, hair, underwear, cotton balls or swabs, tissue, paper towel, fish or hamsters, grease or oil.

Second, please be mindful of what goes into our storm drainage system. While most local yard waste services are limited or delayed, you can help protect our water and environment by mulching your grass clippings. Spread it in your garden or landscaping. Start a compost pile. Also, please consider adopting a storm drain in your neighborhood to keep it free of leaves and debris.

Third, most of us are taking extra walks to escape our houses and get exercise. Consider bringing a bag with you to pick up litter, especially near storm drains.

Shakopee Public Works will continue to be here for our residents and keep our infrastructure systems at the peak level. We appreciate your assistance in keeping Shakopee a top-notch community.