Wellhead Protection

Wellhead protection is a way to prevent drinking water from becoming polluted by managing potential sources of contamination in the area which supplies water to a public well. Much can be done to prevent pollution, such as the wise use of land and chemicals. Public health is protected and the expense of treating polluted water or drilling new wells is avoided though wellhead protection efforts.

One source of contamination is an improperly maintained private well. The Minnesota Department of Health (PDF) is a great resource for well owners on how to properly maintain private wells.

If you no longer use your well, Dakota County has a grant program to help pay for sealing unused wells.