Water Supply Sustainability Program

in Clean Water
Fund expenditures

The Metropolitan Council supports communities and state agencies to address sustainable drinking water challenges in the region.​

Biennial appropriations (2020 – 2021)

  • $1,000,000 per year
  • 12 active projects
  • 5 consulting companies
  • 2 contracts with the University of Minnesota


Sustainable water supplies depend on:


Reliable data and tools
to help communities
make sound local


Promoting wise water use
to minimize costs for communities.


Helping the region maximize the use of existing infrastructure and investments within sustainable limits of the resources.


Bringing together communities, agencies,
and other partners to
meet current and future demand.


Increased Collaboration: Community participation in sub-regional water supply work groups increased 65% from 2005-2016.

Water Efficiency:​ Many communities have participated in and benefited from Council projects. From 2013 to 2018, twenty-six MnTAP projects saved partners millions of gallons and dollars.​

Implementation of Sustainable Approaches:​ An increasing number of communities and businesses are exploring and implementing surface water, stormwater, and wastewater reuse.​

Improved Project Implementation:​ Communities’ comprehensive plans goals are supported by local water supply and source water protection projects. ​

Informed Decisions:​ Technical studies and data inform local and regional water supply decision-making, to ensure supplies of drinking water are adequate for current and future population.​

Example Projects


Metro Model 3

Regional groundwater modeling

Water Supply Feasibility Studies

Technical analyses supporting long-term reliability

Water Efficiency Grant Program

Grant funds to communities to reduce water use

Minnesota Technical Assistance Program

Helps groundwater using industries and organizations save water and money