Wellhead Protection & Water Conservation

Seventy percent of all Minnesotans obtain their drinking water from groundwater – learn how to protect yours.

Water fountain

The Wellhead Protection Plan – What is it?

The Wellhead Protection Plan (WHPP) for the City of Red Wing, prepared in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Minnesota Rural Water Association, is essentially a series of actions taken to fulfill and maintain wellhead protection (WHP) requirements.  Its goals include:

  • Creating public awareness and general knowledge of WHP importance for safe and adequate drinking water supply;
  • Minimizing the potential for water contamination;
  • Increasing awareness of the importance of preventing water contamination;
  • Documenting progress and plan future activities.
Map of City water facilities

Wellhead Protection

Twin Bluffs Water Treatment Facility

Water Conservation

What is the City Doing?

What can residents do?

Water Conservation – Every Bit Helps

In the Home

  • Utilizing re-usable water bottles saves both water and plastic.
  • Take short showers (10 minutes or less).
  • Turn off the water while brushing teeth or shaving.
  • Install a water-efficient showerhead.
  • Wash clothing in warm water and rinse with cold water.

In the Yard

  • Water only in the early morning or late evening.
  • Replace grass with native and drought-tolerant plants.
  • Compost food scraps for natural fertilizer (and limit garbage disposal use).
Image displaying differences between tap and bottled water.