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.
Provide first half of rent payment to landowner to allow city to implement nitrogen BMPs on field. Purchase and custom seed rye to scavenge up the residual nitrogen in the soil to keep it from getting into groundwater.
Provide second half of rent payment to landowner to allow city to implement nitrogen BMPs on field. Planting custom seed rye to scavenge up the residual nitrogen in the soil to keep it from getting into groundwater.
Release newsletter and other educational materials about wellhead protection; Distribute brochures and fact sheets explaining the purpose of the WHP plan; Cosponsor kids water festival; Promote sealing of unused, unsealed wells; Locate existing or new wel
Seal wells on private property; Educate businesses about proper tank management; Provide DWSMA map to MPCA tank units; Above ground storage tanks - updated rules and regulations; educate businesses; Provide DWSMA map to road authorities; WHP education and