Drinking Wells

drinking wells

To protect the health of people, hand-pump drinking wells located around the lakes and parks in Minneapolis are monitored by the City of Minneapolis, Environmental Health Division.

  • The wells are tested at minimum once per year for total coliform bacteria and nitrates.
  • If problems are detected with the water, the wells are closed until the problem is fixed and the well is in compliance with State of Minnesota Health Code.

For more information on drinking wells, contact the City of Minneapolis Environmental Health Division at 612-673-5807 during normal business hours, or 311 (612-673-3000).

Groundwater Wells

groundwater wells

Groundwater well levels are monitored throughout Minneapolis by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB). This provides information about the groundwater levels in different aquifers and allows us to track changes over time. Years' worth of monitoring data will become increasingly valuable as we continue to see how human activities and climate change impact the hydrologic cycle, including the recharge of aquifers.