Sealing Unused Public Drinking Water Wells

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,000
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Multiple public water systems
Recipient Type
For-Profit Business/Entity
Local/Regional Government
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Private College/University
Public College/University
State Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
February 2013
End Date
June 2021
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Counties Affected
Anoka
Beltrami
Benton
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Cook
Crow Wing
Dakota
Dodge
Faribault
Fillmore
Hennepin
Lyon
McLeod
Morrison
Mower
Olmsted
Rice
Sherburne
Sibley
St. Louis
Stearns
Steele
Swift
Todd
Waseca
Washington
Watonwan
Winona
Wright
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws 2011, chapter 6, article 2, section 8(c)
Appropriation Language

$250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for cost-share assistance to public and private well owners for up to 50 percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$192,132
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To seal 26 unused public water-supply wells in FY 2014.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Legacy and leveraged funds sealed 26 wells.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws 2013, chapter 137, article 2, section 8(c)
Appropriation Language

$250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for cost-share assistance to public and private well owners for up to 50 percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$222,634
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

To seal 23 unused public water-supply wells by June 30, 2016.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Twelve unused public wells sealed.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws 2015, Chapter 2, Article 2, Section 8(c)
Appropriation Language

$113,000 the first year and $112,000 the second year are for cost-share assistance to public and private well
owners for up to 50 percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$113,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$55,486
Number of full time equivalents funded
0.25
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Nine unused public wells are proposed to be sealed by December 30, 2016.

Measurable Outcome(s)

Nine unused public wells sealed.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws 2017, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 8(c)
Appropriation Language

$250,000 the first year and $250,000 the second year are for cost-share assistance to public and private well owners for up to 50 percent of the cost of sealing unused wells.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$250,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Seventeen unused public wells are proposed to be sealed by October 31, 2018.

Measurable Outcome(s)

As of March 2, 2018, one unused well has been sealed.

Project Overview

Approximately 70 percent of all Minnesotans rely on groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. Wells used for drinking water must be properly sealed when removed from service to protect both public health and Minnesota’s invaluable groundwater resources. The Minnesota Department of Health protects both public health and groundwater by assuring the proper sealing of unused wells.
Clean Water funds are being provided to well owners as a 50% cost-share assistance for sealing unused public water-supply wells.

About the Issue

Unused wells, sometimes called “abandoned” wells, can pose a serious threat to groundwater quality. Unused wells allow contaminants to travel deep into the ground, bypassing the natural protection usually provided by layers of clay, silt, and other geologic materials. Unused wells can also be a physical hazard for humans and animals. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of unsealed wells in Minnesota.

Project Details

Grantees hire Minnesota licensed well contractors to seal their unseal, unused well(s). MDH staff inspect the wells for proper sealing.

Project Manager
First Name
Nancy
Last Name
La Plante
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Health
Street Address
PO Box 64975
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55164-0975
Phone
651-201-3651
Email
nancyjo.laplante@state.mn.us