The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Wellhead Protection program works with communities to protect sources of drinking water from contamination.

  • Minnesota's Wellhead Protection program goes beyond federal planning mandates and requires all communities who rely on groundwater for their public water supply to create dedicated wellhead protection plans.
  • Communities relying on surface water sources for drinking water receive assistance by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to create source water protection plans
  • MDH partners with the Minnesota Rural Water Association each year to recognize public water suppliers who demonstrate outstanding commitment to protecting their drinking water source with a Source Water Protection Award
  • Funding for wellhead protection and source water protection is allocated through the MDH and the Minnesota Clean Water Fund. Additional funding for source water protection also comes from State Government Special Revenue and federal allocations from the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

Sample wellhead protection sign

(Minnesota Department of Health)