Drinking Water Protection: About Our Programs - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Drinking Water Protection Contacts

The mission of the Drinking Water Protection Program is to protect the public health by ensuring a safe and adequate supply of drinking water to all public water systems.

The federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires "public water systems" to provide safe drinking water to their customers. A public water system is a supply that serves at least 25 people on a regular basis, or has 15 service connections. The public water systems covered by the SDWA are broken down into two categories as follows:

Community systems, such as cities and manufactured housing developments, which typically serve people in their home.

Noncommunity systems, such as schools, businesses, resorts, and restaurants, which usually serve water to people in places other than their homes.

Source Water Protection, which protects public wells and other sources, such as rivers and lakes, that supply drinking water.

  • Drinking Water Protection Section Organization Chart