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Non-Community Wells

The Environmental Health program is responsible for regulating and inspection Noncommunity public water systems in Minneapolis. These are facilities such as schools, factories, restaurants, resorts, and churches that are served by their own supply of water (usually a well). These facilities are required to provide a safe and adequate supply of water under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). NonCommunityWells-1

Noncommunity water systems serve either a transient or a nontransient population. A nontransient noncommunity public water system serves the same individuals every day (such as a school, daycare, or factory).


A transient noncommunity public water system serves different individuals each day (such as a restaurant, motel, or highway rest area).Because they serve different types of populations, there are different requirements for transient and nontransient public water systems. Currently, there are over 7,000 noncommunity public water systems in Minnesota.

The Environmental Health program is responsible for assuring the compliance of noncommunity water systems with the SDWA. It does so by conducting inspections, sanitary surveys and sample collections at these systems.

Sanitary Surveys:

A sanitary survey is an on-site review of the adequacy of the water source, facilities, equipment, operation and maintenance of a public water system for producing and distributing safe drinking water. Sanitary surveys for noncommunity water systems are conducted once every three years.

Sample Collection:

Most required water samples are collected by Minneapolis Environmental staff. All noncommunity water supplies are tested at least annually for the total coliform bacteria and nitrate. Nontransient water systems are also tested for contaminants such as pesticides, solvents, and metals.

Last updated Aug 8, 2013