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 fiscal years (FY) 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. 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.

Each FY, MDH splits the $500,000 by passing $250,000 through to the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) to assist well owners to seal unused private wells. MDH uses the other $250,000 to assist well owners to seal unused public wells.

BWSR has awarded a total of nineteen grants to local governmental units as part of their 2012 and 2014 Clean Water Fund Competitive Grants. MDH sealed 26 wells in FY 2013 for 18 different public water suppliers.

Fiscal Year 2014 Clean Water Fund Private Well Sealing Grant Recipients

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

Fiscal Year 2013 Clean Water Fund Public Well Sealing Grant Recipients

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:

Fiscal Year 2012 Clean Water Fund Private Well Sealing Grant Recipients

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:

Updated Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 11:41AM