Public Works Information

Basketball Hoops, Hockey Nets, Etc. in Boulevards and Streets

For safety reasons - your family's and city crews, recreational devices (i.e. basketball hoops, hockey nets, etc.) shall not be permanently installed or temporarily placed in the right-of-way or boulevard areas of your yard or in public streets.

Brush Disposal

Branches and other brush, under 8" in diameter, are collected at Public Works, 1900 Hadley, during regular business hours (M-F, 7 AM to 3:30 PM), from mid-April to the beginning of October. For fee information, please Email or call 651-730-2740.

Buckthorn Wrenches

The city has several sizes of buckthorn wrenches that you can borrow - at no charge! Call 651-730-2740 to check availability.

Hydrant Flushing

Typically occurs in early May; the schedule is weather dependent. The flushing process clears watermains of impurities, particularly iron deposits, that build up over the winter months. The flushing process may create a temporary interruption to your water service and/or discolor the water coming out of your faucet. In the case of discolored water, run the cold water for a few minutes until the tap runs clear.

Hydrants, Usage 

If you see anyone taking water from a fire hydrant, please call 651-730-2740 immediately. After hours, please call 911.

Irrigation System Tips

  • Turn the system’s automatic function off. Adjust the controls manually when it needs water.
  • If you notice an area of your yard needs more water, change the setting on that zone or adjust the sprinkler heads watering that specific area.
  • Consider using low-volume, low-angle heads. Adjust heads so the water is delivered as close to the turf as possible. This minimizes water lost to evaporation.
  • Observe your system in action. Adjust nozzles and irrigation duration as needed to ensure most efficient use of water possible. Make sure water is not sprinkling impervious surfaces such as sidewalks, roadways and driveways.
  • If you are considering the installation of an irrigation system or an upgrade to an existing system, look for water-saving irrigation system technology. It will reduce water use and save you money on your water and sewer bill for years to come.

Live Christmas Tree Disposal

Each January, trees may be taken to the Public Works facility, 1900 Hadley Avenuenue, for a nominal fee.

Load Limits

During the spring thaw, our streets are weakened by water that becomes trapped in the gravel base below the pavement. The weight of vehicles can cause the road to bend, and if the surface is bent too far or too frequently, it cracks. As pavement ages, it becomes brittle and less able to withstand weight and movement and deteriorates at an accelerated pace. Weight restrictions are implemented each year in early spring in an effort to minimize the wear to the streets and to allow the base adequate time to stabilize. During this time, we ask that you avoid scheduling deliveries and remodeling projects. Questions? Email or 651-730-2734.

Mailboxes, Parking

To allow for the unobstructed delivery of mail, vehicles must be parked at least 10' away from either side of any mailbox between the hours of 8 AM and 6 PM, Monday through Saturday. Questions? Email or 651-730-2740.

Sewer Back-ups

Sewer back ups are a potential problem facing all property owners. Any residence or business that is hooked up to the municipal sewer system dumps waste into it, so unfortunately, the city cannot guarantee that its sewers will never back up. Anyone experiencing a problem with their sewer system should notify the Oakdale Public Works Department immediately at 651-730-2740 - call the city before calling a drain cleaning service. The main sewer line will be investigated and the necessary action taken. If, however, the problem exists in the sanitary sewer service that connects the structure to the main sewer line, it would be the property owner's responsibility to have the problem corrected. If the correction will involve the cutting of tree roots in the service line, property owners are asked to call 651-730-2740. Note: many homeowners insurance policies exclude sewer back-ups, so homeowners are encouraged to talk to their agent about protection. The city is only liable if the back-up was caused by the city's negligence.

Storm Drains

You may not think you have lakefront property, but consider this: anything you wash or allow to wash from your property into the street goes into storm drains and ultimately ends up in our wetlands, lakes, ponds and waterways. Some of the things that are contaminating our wetlands, lakes, ponds, and waterways include: oil and gasoline, grass clippings and fertilizer, pet droppings, leaves that accumulate in gutters, paint and even toxic household products. Although it may seem somewhat harmless to pour a bit of old paint or spilled fertilizer into the storm sewer (“It will be diluted before it can do any real damage, right?”), please consider that the plants and wildlife that depend on water to survive and to thrive are being adversely affected - even by the smallest doses of contamination. Become a Storm Sewer Steward for the storm sewer near your property by removing leaves, grass, trash that collect at the grate. Should you see someone considering putting something other than water into the storm drain, please remind them that by allowing only water into the drain, they are doing their part to keep everyone’s “lakefront property” in great shape. Questions? Email or 651-730-2723.

Sump Pumps

The flow which enters the sanitary sewer system through toilets, wash tubs, and floor drains is sent to the Pig's Eye Treatment Plant in Saint Paul. The flow is metered and Oakdale is charged accordingly. Each year, sump pumps illegally discharge into the sewer system. The city, and in turn, its utility customers, pay for the additional flow. Residents who utilize sump pumps must route any discharge to their yard, the street, the storm sewer, or waterway. Email or 651-730-2710 for fee information or with other questions.

Tire Disposal

Minnesota Mosquito Control will pick up tires, at no charge, during the summer months. Call 651-645-9149 to schedule a pick-up. Also tires may be taken to the Public Works facility, 1900 Hadley, during regular business hours, for a nominal fee, from May 1 to September 30.

Traffic Sign Requests

Each year, the city receives calls from residents who are asking for relief from the "speeders" in their neighborhood. The city, in turn, investigates the area to determine if additional signage or enforcement is necessary. The city has found that "Children at Play" signs, "Stop" signs, and additional speed limit signs are generally ineffective in controlling speeders because the offenders often live in the immediate area. Although enforcement may be an immediate solution, the most effective overall method is for all drivers to take special care to observe posted speed limits, especially in the presence of children. Questions? Email or 651-730-2734.

Water Hardness

The (average) water hardness for Oakdale is 14.6 grains.

Watering Lawns/Gardens

Water use spikes during summer months, mostly as a result of lawn watering so it is critical that property owners practice smart lawn irrigation practices during this time. Join your neighbors in maintaining Oakdale’s groundwater resource for years to come and minimize or remove the potential for finding a costly alternative water source. When watering this summer, remember one inch of water per week, including rainfall, is all your lawn needs to remain healthy. Follow the city’s odd / even watering schedule (even numbered addresses water on even numbered days and odd on odd. Exemptions allowed are for new sod and seed on landscaping for the first three weeks and for businesses where the use of water is an essential element of their business.

Wells - Septic Systems

If you have a concern or question about a private well or septic system, please call Washington County at 651-430-6655.

Wetlands and Ponds

Please remember not to dispose of grass clippings or animal excrement adjacent to pending areas or in streets/sewers. Grass clippings and other materials adversely affect the water quality of our wetlands and lakes. Also, the area surrounding wetlands/ponds (generally 25 feet around the perimeter) is owned by the city or state and should not be maintained as an extension of a private yard. The natural growth around wetland serves as a filter to reduce or eliminate harmful sediments from entering the water and creating algae. In most cases, Canadian geese are less apt to visit or nest in a wetland with its natural growth area intact.