Well Management
Clean Water Fund - Well Sealing Grants

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has received 1 million dollars from the Clean Water Fund (CWF) since July 2011. MDH passed through half of the CWF allotment to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). MDH split their share of the funding so there would be $250,000 available in both state fiscal year 2014 and 2015 (July 1-June 30). This funding assists well owners by paying up to half of the costs to seal their unused wells.

BWSR has awarded a total of 19 grants to local government units to assist private well owners to seal their unused wells. To date, 171 private wells have been properly sealed and about 170 more wells are being considered for sealing.

MDH has awarded 18 different public water suppliers funding to assist them in sealing their unused public water-supply wells. To date, 26 large capacity wells have been properly sealed. Funding is now available for sealing additional public wells. See below for more information.

Public Well Sealing Grants are Now Open for Applications

MDH is now taking grant applications for sealing unused public water-supply wells. Details regarding the grant requirements and process are in the Request for Proposals, which can be viewed and downloaded. Grant proposals will be accepted at MDH until 4 p.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014.

Private Well Sealing Grant Recipients (2014-2015)

Private Water-Supply Well Awards

  • Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Douglas Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Hennepin County
  • Martin Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Norman Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Ramsey Conservation District
  • Rice County
  • Sherburne Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Washington County
  • Yellow Medicine County

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Public Well Sealing Grant Recipients (2013-2014)

Public Water-Supply Well Awards

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

Private Well Sealing Grant Recipients (2012-2013)

Private Water-Supply 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 these grants can be reviewed at:

Additional information:

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

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Questions?
Contact the MDH Well Management Section
651-201-4600 or 800-383-9808
health.wells@state.mn.us

Minnesota Department of Health
Updated Friday, October 10, 2014 at 03:20PM