Public Works

Whether you live or work in the City of Winona, you are using the services of the Public Works Department every day. We build and maintain your streets, pump your water, and light your streets. We provide sewer services and storm drainage as well as flood protection. We also provide a compost site and a municipal airport.

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Winona Municipal Airport

Max Conrad Field

100 Galewski Drive

Winona, MN 55987

Keith Nelson     Airport Director  (507) 457-8274  – City Hall

George Bolon    Fixed Based Operator (FBO)  (507) 452-2220 – Airport

The Winona Municipal Airport provides:

  • 5100 ft. paved runway
  • instrument approach to airport
  • automated weather services

Fixed Based Operator (FBO) provides:


  • 100 LL
  • Jet A with prist


  • Hangar
  • Crew Facilities
  • T-Hangars


The City of Winona owns three T-hangars which together provide 20 hangar spaces.

Terms are generally based on a monthly rate, payable quarterly in advance. Current rates are:

  • 8-unit T-hangar:  Units 1 and 8 (end units) $160.00 per month.  Units 2 – 7 (middle units) $140.00 per month.
  • 6-unit T-hangar:  Units 2D – 7D (end units are storage units only) $180.00 per month plus electricity.  Each of these units has its own electric meter.
  • 6-unit T-hangar: Units 2E-7E: $180.00 per month plus electricity. Each of these units has its own electric meter.

All T-hangars are individually keyed.

For any question relating to these T-hangars, please call (507) 457-8274

Location:             1104 West Third St.  

Amy Vanguilder               Superintendent               [email protected]      

Phone: (507) 457-8230  

The Central Garage at 1104 W 3rd St. with a staff of 4 employees is headquarters for maintenance and repair of all city vehicles and equipment and also serves as a base for the Street Department, Airport Maintenance, and Park Maintenance Tree Crew.

This facility also provides a 24 hour access fueling station for the needs of all departments.

In 1972 the City Council and Administration recognized the need to look at the feasibility of constructing a centralized facility which would consolidate all vehicle maintenance and repair under one roof and serve as a base for multiple departments. This facility would also provide heated storage for Public Works vehicles and equipment to maximize response in adverse weather conditions.

Construction on the Central Garage started in May 1974 and was completed in February 1975.

The cost of the 24,000 square foot building including site acquisition and preparation, engineering, architectural fees and construction totaled $628,000.

On August 9, 1975, dedication ceremonies were held at the Central Garage featuring our U.S. Senator Hubert H. Humphrey as the dedication speaker.

The Street Department operates out of the Central Garage to maintain city streets and alleys.
Responsibilities of the 12 full-time employees in the Street Department include:
” 130* miles of streets
” over 200 alleys
” 10.5 miles of flood dike
” 5 flood pumping stations
” 4 harbors
” 17 downtown parking lots
Snow Removal
The Winona Street Department uses both chemical and mechanical snow removal techniques, depending on the conditions and amount of snowfall. When plowing of city streets and parking lots is necessary, they attempt to clear the entire city within three days. In order to accomplish this, the city has established an Alternate Side Parking ordinance (Section 61.56.of the Winona City Code.) The City of Winona does not remove snow from alleys.
Alternate Side Parking
From November 15th to March 15th, between the hours of 12:01 a.m. and 6:30 a.m., vehicles may only be parked on the side of the street with even numbered houses on even calendar dates, and on the side with odd numbered houses on odd calendar dates.
This policy is designed to allow plowing and removal of snow to the curb on at least one side of each street. It also allows time for cleaning leaves and debris from storm drains in the fall, and removing sand in the spring.

The City of Winona Wastewater Treatment Plant serves the needs of the City of Winona and also of the City of Goodview. From 1997 – 1999, the plant was upgraded at a cost of approximately $5 million. The current plant has a design capacity of 9.6 MGD (million gallons per day), which allows room for current and future expansion. Winona’s Wastewater Treatment Plant utilizes a trickling filter with activated sludge system to process influent. Treated sludge and wastewater are then discharged in accordance with the Plant’s permit. Some of the industries in Winona have large discharge requirements which do not fit the standard profile for smaller dischargers. These customers are served through special agreements with the Industrial Pre-Treatment area which allow handling these special discharges without compromising the operation of the plant.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What should I do when my sewer is backing up?

The first thing you should do when the sewer is backing up in your facility is call the sewer department at 457-8207. If there is no response at that number call the Law Enforcement Center at 454-6100 and they will call out a crew to the address.

Can sewer gas enter my home from the City sewer lines?

Sewer gas can enter a building when the water in a trap in the building evaporates. All fixtures that are connected to the sewer system must have traps on them. The water that is normally retained in the trap forms a barrier to the migration of gases.

I am not sure I should sewer this material. What should I do?

Never sewer anything that is highly flammable or explosive. Never allow mercury, or other toxic materials, to enter the sewer. Most potentially dangerous chemicals have labels, Material Safety Data Sheets, or accompanying literature that states whether or not the material is sewerable. Follow those instructions when they are given.

If the literature advises you to call the local sewer authority for permission to sewer a given material, please call us at 457-8207.

If there is any question in your mind as to whether or not you should sewer something, do not sewer the material without talking to us first. Thinking carefully before sewering materials will help to protect public safety, prevent upsets at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, and protect the water quality of the Mississippi River. Think about the potential danger of sewering a substance that will produce a dangerous gas in light of the fact that the atmosphere in the City sewer lines can migrate into facilities under certain conditions.

Hours: 7:00 am-3:30 pm Monday through Friday               

Emergency: Call the Law Enforcement Center 457-6302

2019 Water Quality Report

2018 Water Quality Report

The Winona Water Utility is delivering to residents your 2016 annual water quality report. This document is the result of two important pieces of legislation: the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)of 1974 and it’s reauthorization in 1996. The 1974 legislation began the task of guaranteeing each American a supply of safe drinking water. The 1996 reauthorization required each water utility to report annually on the quality of drinking water provided. The City of Winona welcomes this opportunity to inform you about your water quality. We’re pleased to report that Winona water quality meets all state and federal regulations for safe, reliable drinking water.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the water we drink come from the Mississippi River?
The water supplied to the city comes from deep and shallow wells located in Levee Park and the Westfield well field. The depths of these wells are from 142′ to 502′ in depth. The exception to this is the Wincrest area that has two wells that are 1070′ deep.  
Is the water safe to drink every day?
The water is chlorinated to kill any micro-organisms and bacteria that may be present. The Minnesota Dept. of Health requires us to sample at a minimum of 30 locations throughout the city at least once a month and send them to an independent lab for testing. If a positive sample shows up then there is a retest, if positive again a notice is sent to all residents telling them to boil the water till the problem is resolved. 2014 City of Winona Water Quality Report
What is the definition of safe water?
Water is considered safe to drink if it came from a natural source (river, lake, spring, groundwater) and it meets or is better than all of the federal, state, and provincial standards that are legally enforceable. In the United States if your tap water does not meet any one of the standards, according to the law, your water supplier must notify all its customer as of the problem. Water is called potable when it is safe to drink. “Potable” rhymes with “floatable”.
What other chemicals are added to the water we drink?
The State mandates us to add fluoride to the water which we do at the Johnson Street Plant, Westfield Plant, and the Wincrest Wells.; We take a sample daily of the fluoride level and a monthly report is sent to the Minnesota Dept. of Health to show compliance with state laws.
I am installing a water softener and need to know the hardness of the water. How hard is the water supplied to the city?
The hardness of the water is 14 grains or 220 PPM.
Why is my water so discolored lately?
The water being pumped out of the Johnson Street and Westfield Plants is being filtered at this time. There are a few reasons that your water may be discolored. If there was a fire in your area often times this will make the water discolored because of a large demand for water going through the water mains. You may have a service leak which will discolor the water. We flush the water mains in the spring and fall, this will cause discolored water.
Why did my water bill go up so much?
There are many reasons to have a water bill higher than normal. You may have a leaky toilet (the number one cause), out side faucet was left on, water softener not working properly, other water related appliances not working properly. Also if you do not have a newer style water meter that can be read from the outside of your home we may not have been able to get an actual reading. This will result in an estimated reading and we would not be able to determine if you have a leak in that three month period. Please contact us if you need to have a newer style meter installed in your residence. This will guarantee that the water will be read every quarter. The Water Department will gladly come to your residence to help you in any way that we can.
When is my water meter read for my bill?
The water department reads water meters every month. The city is divided into three sections so that your water meter is read every third month. Example: all meters west of Grand Street were read in February and your bill was mailed to you the first of March. We will read the meter again in May and the bill will be mailed the first of June.: Meters east of Franklin Street were read in January and the bill sent the first of February, we will read these east meters again in April with your bill mailed to you in May.
I heard that there is an ongoing meter change out program happening in the city. How do I get on the list to get mine changed?
We currently have about 90-95% of the meters changed to the new “ECR” type meter. “ECR” stands for “Electronic Encode Register” and we are able to read these meters by touching the small box we attach to the outside of your home. If you don’t now have one of these types please call our office and we can set up an appointment to change your meter to a new one. This will mean that every quarter we can get an actual reading for your water usage and not have to estimate your usage on your water bill.
On my water bill it says cubic feet, how many gallons is that?
One cubic foot of water is equal to 7.48 gallons, one hundred cubic feet of water is equal to 748 gallons.
What is the pipe of some type sticking up in the area between the street and the sidewalk in front of my house.
The pipe is the “stop box” for your water service. There is a valve under ground on your water line that is accessed with a special wrench through this pipe. In an emergency situation (water flooding your basement) this is where your plumber or the water department would turn off the water to your home. If this pipe is bent, broken, or filled with dirt then the water may not be able to be shut off in time to prevent flooding of the basement. This “stop box” is the home owner’s responsibility to keep in good operating condition.
I have very low water pressure and there is is sound like water running even when all my faucets are off. What could cause this?
It appears that you may have a service leak. The piping to your home may have broken and the water is flowing out into the ground (the noise you hear). The low pressure is because not all the water is coming into your home but leaking out at the break. This should be addressed immediately since the water leaking into the ground may start flowing into your basement or your neighbors basement resulting in property damage. If this is the case call the Water Department or the Law Enforcement Center after hours for help.
What can I do to prevent my water from freezing in the winter?
Your water meter is where the water service first enters your home. This meter is designed with a frost plate that will break when water in the meter freezes. This is to prevent further damage to the rest of the meter. We suggest that you eliminate all cold drafts in the area of the meter and other piping. In the case of services that are notorious for freezing we suggest to let a small stream of water flowing through the pipes during the colder part of winter.
I am interested in where my water comes from. Is there a way that I can see the City Water Plant?
We do give tours of the Water Plant to many school classes through out the year and would be happy to show you our operations here. Please get in touch with us and we will try to help.