Drinking Water Protection Tips

Did you know that 2/3 of Minnesota residents get their drinking water from surface water resources. The cities of St. Cloud, Minneapolis and St. Paul all draw their drinking water from the Mississippi River. Nationally over 18 million people rely on surface water for their drinking water supplies.

To help protect surface and groundwater resources from contamination, follow these simple tips:

  1. Don’t overuse pesticides or fertilizers as they can travel through stormwater runoff into surface waters as well as infiltrate through soils and contaminate ground water.
  2. Dispose of used motor oil properly. One quart of motor oil can contaminate more than 250,000 gallons of water.
  3. Use laundry and dishwasher detergents that are phosphate-free to save our lakes and rivers.
  4. Join in a beach, stream, or wetlands cleanup project.
  5. Properly dispose of prescription medications and other products that are too often flushed down the toilet, into the wastewater system and out to the environment.

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Take the pledge and download our Clean Water BINGO. Play to help keep our water clean and you could win some great prizes — an iPad, a rain barrel, movies tickets and more!