Well Management
Clean Water Fund - Well Sealing Grants

Unused wells that are not properly sealed can be a source of groundwater contamination, potentially affecting nearby drinking water wells. Groundwater is the main source of drinking water for three out of every four Minnesotans.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) received $500,000 from the Clean Water Fund for the 2012-2013 fiscal years (FY). This means $250,000 for each year to use for sealing unused wells. This funding requires a 50 percent match from non-state sources. Well owners are paid up to half the cost of sealing unused wells.

The first $250,000 was passed through to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) as part of their 2012 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants. BWSR awarded nine grants to local governmental units to provide funding to well owners to seal unused private wells.

The second $250,000 was awarded by MDH to seal 29 unused public water-supply wells for 19 different public water suppliers.

Fiscal Year 2012 Clean Water Fund Well Sealing Grant Recipients

Private Well Awards

  • Big Stone Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Crow Wing County Land Services Department
  • Hennepin County Department of Environmental Services
  • Mahnomen/Norman Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  • Martin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Rice County Environmental Services
  • Washington County Public Health and Environment
  • Yellow Medicine County Zoning Office
Details about the grants can be reviewed at:

Public Water-Supply Well Awards

  • Aspenwood Homes Owners Association
  • Browerville Water System
  • City of Balaton
  • City of Baxter
  • City of Benson
  • City of Cook
  • City of Lewiston
  • City of Marshall
  • City of Royalton
  • City of St. James
  • City of St. Louis Park
  • Heritage Square Townhomes
  • Lismore Colony
Details about these grants can be reviewed at:

MDH will update the Grant Agreements' status as the progress of the wells being sealed is made available.

Additional information:

More information regarding Clean Water Funds to protect Minnesota’s drinking water can be found at:

Updated Thursday, 31-Oct-2013 12:01:53 CDT