Protecting Prairie Island’s drinking water

A small herd of bison graze in a grassy field. Trees line a river in the background.

The Conceptual Drinking Water Supply plan provides safe, sustainable drinking water to the affected 14 East Metro communities now and into the future. The plan prioritizes drinking water treatment, operation and maintenance and drinking water protection, for both public water systems and private wells. Each of the 14 affected communities received a tailored project list based off their needs, community feedback and cost estimates.

Prairie Island community projects include:

  • Treating 1 existing public well
  • Adding 1 new water treatment plant

Projects can start now

The next step is implementing the Conceptual Plan. After reviewing the plan, your community leadership will put together the design plans for their projects in the final plan.

For individual homeowners, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency will continue to manage the installation and maintenance of your in-home (POETS) systems. The State will continue to test private wells for PFAS at no cost to the homeowners. Homeowners can use the well sampling request form to have their well added to the sampling program.

Working together to protect drinking water

The State of Minnesota, in collaboration with local government, citizen, business and technical workgroups, as well as thousands of public comments, developed the Conceptual Plan. Under the 2018 settlement agreement with 3M for PFAS contamination in the Twin Cities East Metro, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources oversee long-term projects to enhance the quality, quantity and sustainability of drinking water for the affected 14 communities.

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