About the MDH Drinking Water Protection Program
The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is the state authority for drinking water. Several programs at MDH work together to ensure safe and adequate drinking water. The Drinking Water Protection program focuses on public water supplies. Public water supplies serve 25 people or more in places where they live, work, gather and play. Program functions include:
- Helping public water suppliers to protect the water supply (groundwater, river, or lake).
- Administering grants to protect water supplies and for infrastructure and activities.
- Coordinating training and certification for water operators.
- Reviewing plans for new infrastructure or changes in water treatment procedures.
- Enforcing federal safe drinking water standards through inspections and corrective action.
- Sampling water or assisting public water operators in sampling.
- Helping public water suppliers address contamination problems.
- Communicating important information about drinking water with the public and other stakeholders.
Three units in the Drinking Water Protection program administer the functions above:
Other drinking water programs and efforts at MDH include:
- Well Management: assuring the proper construction of new wells and borings, and the proper sealing of unused wells and borings.
- Contaminants of Emerging Concern: investigating and communicating the health and exposure potential of contaminants of emerging concern in drinking water.
- Guidance for Contaminants: developing guidance for different purposes to protect people’s health from contaminants in drinking water.
- Climate and Health: helping to understand the impacts of changes in Minnesota’s climate and prepare local public health and the public for the health risks.
- Water Reuse: developing recommendations for best practices and policies for water reuse in Minnesota.