All public water suppliers in Minnesota that operate a public water distribution system, serve more than 1,000 people and/or all cities in the seven-county metropolitan area, must have a water supply plan approved by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Water supply plans are updated every ten years and the next updates will be due between 2016 and 2018. DNR will notify communities of their due date.
A number of communities have Water Supply Plans due December 31, 2016. Information on October 15, 2017 and October 15, 2018 due dates is also available.
The easiest way to develop a water supply plan is to complete the DNR's provided template. This template was made in cooperation with Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Minnesota Rural Waters Association. No paper copies are needed.
The water supply plan template is a form that can be completed electronically and submitted through the DNR Permitting and Reporting System (MPARS). After you download the template, save it with a file name using this naming convention: WSP_cityname_permitnumber_date.doc
Use the water supply plan instructions and checklist as a reference guide to complete your plan. An emergency contact list and water level monitoring report must be included with your water supply plan. You may use your own documents or the DNR templates.
All water supply plans must be submitted to the DNR for review and approval. Hydrologists will review your plan and make recommendations, if needed. Directions for submitting your plan to MPARS can be found in the Water Supply Plan Instructions and Checklist.
MPARS attachments have a size limit of 25MB. You may need to submit your appendices as separate attachments. Contact your area hydrologists if you have trouble uploading your plan. If your community is within the seven-county metropolitan area, the DNR will share your water supply plan with the Metropolitan Council for review.
After your water supply plan has been approved by the DNR (and Metropolitan Council, if needed), your community and utility boards must officially adopt the plan.
Answers to commonly asked questions can be found in (NEW!) Questions and Answers about Minnesota Water Supply Plans. If you have additional questions, please contact your area hydrologist.
Completing a Water Supply Plan that receives DNR approval fulfills a water supplier's statutory obligations under M.S. 13G.291. For water suppliers in the metropolitan area, the Water Supply Plan will help local governmental units fulfill their requirements under M.S. 473.859.
Additional benefits of completing a Water Supply Plan: