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Minneapolis parks feature more than 20 hand-pump drinking wells and more than 150 outdoor drinking fountains. While the fountains are connected to the city-operated water system, the wells provide groundwater from bedrock aquifers more than 100 feet deep (so does one drinking fountain at Park Siding Park, using an electric pump).

Seasonal shutoffs, needed repairs, or water quality can result in wells or fountains being closed. Click on those topics below for more information. Whenever possible, closed fountains and wells are identified with tags noting the reason for the closure.

Please note that the MPRB cannot guarantee the availability of drinking water at a particular location or time. Recommended options for distance runners, cyclists or others who might require water include checking a water source themselves ahead of time, locating alternatives while planning a route or carrying water.

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Closing and opening wells and fountains for the season


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Repairing wells and fountains


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Monitoring and testing water quality