Water conservation

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Minnesota’s growing population uses water faster than some aquifers can replenish. Collaborating with Great Lakes Compact members, Minnesota has five water conservation goals. For more information, see:

You can have an impact. Here’s how you can save water and money.

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Reporting

For water appropriation permittees: an annual water conservation reporting system measures success.

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Residents

The average Minnesotan uses 52 gallons per person, per day. Saving water saves energy. What can you do to save water and energy?

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Commercial, industrial, institutional

Facilities can reduce water consumption 15 to 50 percent by adopting water conserving measures. Most water efficiency projects pay back the cost in 2 to 3 years.

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Agriculture

Minnesota farms have more than a half million irrigated acres using over 80 billion gallons of water. Learn how conserving irrigation water saves money.

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Water suppliers

Improving operational efficiency and reducing water loss saves money. This delays the high cost of building additional facilities.

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Education

Conservation starts early. Education fosters good conservation habits.