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Minnesota WAVE Study

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About the Minnesota WAVE Study

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is conducting the Minnesota Water and Virus Evaluation (WAVE) Study. This study will help determine if there is a link between drinking water and germs (like viruses) that might make people sick.

  • Monitor – MDH partnered with selected local water utilities to monitor drinking water supplies. We used advanced methods to see if viruses were present in drinking water sources.
  • Evaluate – MDH asked people in select communities to help us evaluate if viruses in drinking water are causing illness.
  • Inform – The Minnesota WAVE Study will be used to inform future public health actions.


  • The Minnesota WAVE Study took place from May 2015 to April 2016. Study results are expected in summer 2017.


  • Understanding the relationship between water quality and health will help us determine if viruses present a human health risk in Minnesota drinking water.

How is the study funded? 



Updated Wednesday, 15-Nov-2017 14:16:03 CST