Public education on the wise use of water resources should be a high priority for any municipality or water system. Public education for water conservation is a requirement of the Emergency and Water Conservation Plans from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for municipalities over 1,000 population. The wise use of water resources and the ability to get funding for increased demand go “hand in hand”.
Minnesota Rural Water Association has created a series of ads below that you can download and use in your newsletters/publications as a public service announcement on water conservation. Contact us if you need to have these ads modified for your use.
|Keep Drinking Water in the Refrigerator||Use a Broom Instead of a Hose|
|Only Run a Full Load of Dishes||Don’t Run the Faucet When Brushing Your Teeth|
The Minnesota Rural Water Association has made it easy for you to develop a water conservation public education program. Posters and several bill stuffers have been designed for your convenience. Choose a different poster and bill stuffer for a quarterly mailing to your customers. Additional designs will be available in the future to continue your public education program. download and print the bill stuffers and posters of your choice below. Bill stuffers can be customized by calling MRWA at: 800-367-6792 or e-mail at: email@example.com. Communicate with your customers!
|Use a Broom Instead of a Hose||Does Your Water Bill Seem High?||Only Run a Full Load of Dishes|
|Don’t Run the Faucet When Brushing Your Teeth||Leakage Can Be Costly||Don’t Let Your Toilet Waste Water|
|Leaks…Just a Slow Drip Wastes Water||Keep Our Waters Phosphorus Free|
|Water Supply Plans and Water Conservation – Minnesota Department of Natural Resources|
|Minnesota Law: “All public water suppliers that operate a public water distribution system, serve more than 1,000 people, and/or all cities in the seven county metro area, must have a water supply plan approved by the DNR.” Plan updates will be between 2016 and 2018.|
|DNR’s Water Supply Plan Web site: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/waters/watermgmt_section/appropriations/eandc_plan.html|
Reminder: plans should be submitted to MnDNR electronically; no paper forms are required.
*NOTE: Submit electronically through MPARS and you will be directed to a Water Use Reporting Screen. This page lists all of your water appropriation permits that have a report due for the current reporting year plus any outstanding reports and/or fees from previous years. Refer to the Report Due Date, Report Status, and Payment Status columns for details.
|Once approved, communities should complete a Certification of Adoption form, and send a copy to the DNR.|
*Questions regarding water supply plans: call: 651-259-5034 or firstname.lastname@example.org
*Guidance and Planning Toolkit from Met Council
*MRWA Emergency Response Template: MRWA Tools
*MRWA Water Conservation Rates help
*AWWA – Best Practices in Water Loss Control: Improved Concepts for the 21st Century Water Management
*Alliance for Water Efficiency Guide for firms that specialize in specific water needs: www.allianceforwaterefficiency.org/BusGuide.aspx
*Critical Water Deficiency Ordinance :
*Metropolitan Council is funding this Water Efficiency Grants initiative: http://www.edenprairie.org/community/living-green/water-conservation-rebate-programs and 18 other similar programs in the Twin Cities metro area, with a 25% match from each of the 19 participating municipalities.
EPA Septic Smart: Educational Materials – Across the country, local environmental groups, health departments, and governments face challenges posed by improperly maintained and failing septic systems. EPA seeks to assist these local agencies in promoting homeowner education and awareness. Download materials at the link below or at: http://water.epa.gov/septicsmart
EPA WaterSense Program
The white paper Minnesota’s Groundwater Education Gap–Preparing Students to Effectively Manage our Groundwater Resources in the Future – posted on the MGWA public Web page.
Link: Water Drip Calculator – online calculator to calculate lost water due to leaky faucets
EPA Link: Minnesota’s Drinking Water
DNR Link: Facts About Minnesota’s Waters
USGS Link: Water Properties and Measurements
Rebate Program: Check out what the City of Rochester, Minnesota has for a rebate program: https://www.rpu.org/your-home/rebates-programs/conserve-and-save.html