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Water Supply Plans
Minnesota Law:  "All public water suppliers that operate a public water distribution system, serve more than 1,000 people,
and/or all cities in the seven county metro area, must have a water supply plan approved by the DNR." 
Plan updates will be between 2016 and 2018.
*Download: Water Supply Plan Template - Minnesota DNR  

*Download:  Water Supply Plan Instructions and Checklist - Minnesota DNR

**SAMPLE TEMPLATE for populations under 1,000

*Sample TEMPLATE for populations over 1,000

Question and Answer Document Link from DNR on Water Supply Plans
DNR"s Water Supply Plan Web site:
Reminder: plans should be submitted to MnDNR electronically, no paper forms are required.
*NOTE: Submit electronicallythrough MPARS and you will be directed to a Water Use Reporting Screen. This page lists all of your water appropriation permits that have a report due for the current reporting year plus any outstanding reports and/or fees from previous years. Refer to the Report Due Date, Report Status and Payment Status columns for details.
Once approved, communities should complete a Certification of Adoption form, and send a copy of the form to the DNR.

*Questions regarding water supply plans: call: 651-259-5034 or
*Guidance and Planning Toolkit from Met Council
*MRWA Emergency Response Template: MRWA Tools
*MRWA Water Conservation Rates help
*AWWA - Best Practices in Water Loss Control: Improved Concepts for the 21st Century Water Management
*Alliance for Water Efficiency Guide for firms that specialize in specific water needs:
*MRWA Sample Ordinances or search for an ordinance here

*Critical Water Deficiency Ordinance :

  • League of Minnesota Cities Model Ordinance for Critical Water Deficiency Declaration (Word Document) choose save as option to save ordinance. ***NOTE: that this model ordinance should also be reviewed by the city attorney.

* Blog:  Approved Water Supply Plans, Part 2 - by Ruth Hubbard
Metropolitan Council is funding this Water Efficiency Grants initiative: and 18 other similar programs in the Twin Cities metro area, with a 25% match from each of the 19 participating municipalities.
*Useful web sites for demand reduction and water conservation:
   --Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
   --Metropolitan Council
   --Minnesota GreenStep Cities
   --Great Lakes Commission

*Executive Summary of the Water Research Foundationís 2016 Residential End Use Report; the report gives very encouraging results for water efficiency!

Water Conservation

Conservation Ads   *  Bill Stuffers     *   More Facts & Tools

Public education for wise use of water resources should be a high priority for any municipality or water system. Public education for water conservation is a requirement of the Emergency and Water Conservation Plans from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for municipalities over 1,000 population. The wise use of water resources and the ability to get funding for increased demand go "hand in hand".

Minnesota Rural Water Association has created a series of ads below that you can download and use in your newsletters / publications as a public service announcement on water conservation. Contact us if you need to have these ads modified for your use.

Cons Ad RefrigpdfKeep Drinking Water in the Refrigerator Cons Ad BroompdfUse a Broom Instead of a Hose
Cons Ad DishespdfOnly Run a Full Load of Dishes Cons Ad ToothbrushpdfDon't Run the Faucet When Brushing Your Teeth

The Minnesota Rural Water Association has made it easy for you to develop a water conservation public education program. Posters and several bill stuffers have been designed for your convenience. Choose a different poster and bill stuffer for a quarterly mailing to your customers. Additional designs will be available in the future to continue your public education program.ownload and print the bill stuffers and posters of your choice below. Bill stuffers can be customized by calling MRWA at: 800-367-6792 or e-mail at: Communicate with your customers!

BroompdfUse a Broom Instead of a Hose ComparepdfDoes Your Water Bill Seem High? DishpdfOnly Run a Full Load of Dishes
ToothpdfDon't Runt the Faucet When Brushing Your Teeth LeakpdfLeakage Can Be Costly ToiletpdfDon't Let Your Toilet Waste Water
FaucetpdfLeaks...Just a Slow Drip Wastes Water Phosphorus pdfKeep Our Waters Phosphorus Free  

More Tools and Resources:

Water Smart:  Tapping into the Power of Behavioral Science - Insights and Opportunities for Water-Use Efficiency White Paper

The white paper Minnesotaís Groundwater Education Gap--Preparing Students to Effectively Manage our Groundwater Resources in the Future - posted onto the MGWA public Web page. 

pdfMRWA- Chart of Water Use Habits
pdfMRWA Water Conservation Tips - Around the House
pdfMRWA Water Conservation Facts
pdfMRWA Water Conservation Daily Usage / Toilet Usage
pdfMRWA Benefits of Water Meters

pdfUniversity of Minnesota Extension Auditing Irrigation Systems
pdfUniversity of Minnesota Extension Lawn Water Saving Strategies

Link: Water Drip Calculator - onlilne calculator to caculate lost water due to leaky faucets

EPA Link: Minnesota's Drinking Water

DNR Link: Facts About Minnesota's Waters

USGS Link: Water  Properties and Measurements

Link: Conservation Through Rainwater / Barrels

Rebate Program: Check out what the City of Rochester, Minnesota has for a rebate program:

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