Groundwater and Wellhead Protection
Like most suburbs in the Twin Cities, Fridley's drinking water is sourced from groundwater located in underground aquifers. Wells throughout the city pump the water from the ground and bring it to treatment plants. You can read more about about Fridley's drinking water on our drinking water page.
Protecting Our Groundwater
It is important to protect the quantity and quality of our groundwater to ensure that there is safe drinking water now and into the future. Underground aquifers take recharge once depleted, especially when hard surfaces like roads and parking lots prevent rain from infiltrating into the ground. If harmful chemicals contaminate the groundwater, it is very difficult and expensive to fix and can lead to a closure of a well.
Conserving water, promoting groundwater recharge, and properly disposing of chemicals help protect our water supply.
Private wells can be a potential pathway for contaminants into the groundwater if not managed correctly. Well owners are responsible for testing, inspecting, protecting and sealing their wells.
While many unused wells are visible, some have been buried or sealed over time. The Minnesota Department of Health provides guidance to help identify if there may be a hidden well on your property. Some signs that there may be a well on your property are:
1) Your property was built before being connected to water service
2) There is a pipe or ring sticking up from your basement floor or in your yard
3) There is a pipe or circular ring behind paneling or in an addition to your basement
This list of well or well sealing contractors can help search for lost wells. City staff can also help guide you through the process of locating a well, please reach out to 763-574-3554 or email FridleyEngineering@FridleyMN.gov.
Wells that are not properly managed can contaminate our drinking water and are a safety hazard. If you have a well on your property, it is your responsibility to regularly inspect your well and protect it from damage. Property owners should follow the guidance in the Well Owner's Handbook. A hardcopy of the Well Owner's Handbook is available at the Fridley Civic Campus.
Sealing unused wells is often required as part of a home sale and can slowdown the sale process. Don't wait until listing your home to seal your well. Often, funds are available to help offset the cost of well sealing. Current grant opportunities include:
Ramsey County Well Sealing Grant for Ramsey County residents in Fridley's Drinking Water Supply Management Area
The Minnesota Department of Health licenses contractors to seal unused wells.
Wellhead Protection Plan
The City has a Wellhead Protection Plan to protect the City's drinking water and groundwater resources. You can view the 2018 Wellhead Protection Plan Part 1 and Part II online, or watch the the presentations to the City Council and Environmental Quality and Energy Commission.
For further questions regarding a well on your property or the Wellhead Protection Plan for the City of Fridley, please call 763-572-3554 or e-mail FridleyEngineering@FridleyMN.gov.