Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC)- About the Program - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Contaminants of Emerging Concern
About the Program

Two Minnesota laws (2009 Session Laws, Chapter 172, Article 2, Section 7 and 2011 First Special Session Laws, Chapter 6, Article 2, Section 8) allocate funds “for addressing public health concerns related to contaminants found in Minnesota drinking water for which no health-based drinking water standard exists.” To achieve that goal, MDH has established a program known as Drinking Water Contaminants of Emerging Concern (CEC).


Investigate and communicate the health and exposure potential of contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water.

Program At-A-Glance

  1. Collaborate with partners and the public to identify contaminants of interest.
  2. Investigate potential sources, exposures, and health risks of contaminants in drinking water.
  3. Determine how much of a contaminant in water is safe to drink.
  4. Inform partners and the public of appropriate options for action and decision-making.

For more information on how the CEC program is protecting Minnesota's water supply, read about Program Activities.

To learn more about who we have been working with, see the Communications and Outreach page.

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Updated Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 07:35AM