The Met Council has a unique role as a planning agency, not as a regulator or utility.
The Twin Cities seven-county metropolitan area is home to more than half of Minnesota’s population (3 million). Securing residents’ safe and plentiful water — while protecting the region’s diverse water resources — requires coordinated, interdisciplinary and ongoing effort.
Adequate water supplies are essential for our region’s growth, livability and prosperity. Population growth and expanding development are increasing demands on our water supplies in the region. Coordinated planning by local communities, the Met Council, and state partners will help meet our future water supply needs.
The role of the Metropolitan Council
The Metropolitan Council is not a water supplier. Our intent is not to take over local water supply systems. The regional planning process has been designed and applied to ensure local water suppliers have control of and responsibility for their water supply systems.
The mission of the Metropolitan Council Environmental Services division is to provide wastewater services and integrated planning to ensure sustainable water quality and water supply for the region.
The role of the Metropolitan Council in water supply planning is to:
- Work with regional partners to develop a regional plan
- Maintain a database of technical information
- Provide assistance to communities in developing their local water supply plans
- Identify approaches for emerging issues
Purpose of the Regional Water Supply Plan
The purpose of the region’s Master Water Supply Plan is to provide communities in the region with planning assistance for water supply in a way that:
- Recognizes local control and responsibility for owning, maintaining and operating water supply systems
- Is developed in cooperation and consultation with municipal water suppliers, regional stakeholders and state agencies
- Protects critical habitat and water resources over the long term
- Meets regional needs for a reliable, secure water supply
- Highlights the benefits of integrated planning for stormwater, wastewater and water supply
- Emphasizes and supports conservation and interjurisdictional cooperation
- Provides clear guidance by identifying key challenges/issues/ considerations in the region and suggests available approaches without prescribing solutions
The region's Master Water Supply Plan provides guidance so that communities can take the most proactive, cost-effective approach to long-term planning and permitting to ensure plentiful, safe, and affordable water that supports the prosperity and livability of the region for future generations.