In the summer of 2022, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received complaints from private well owners in Blaine and Ham Lake who were out of water. As of June 2023, the DNR had investigated 50 complaints and determined that 47 were valid, which means they were caused by nearby high-volume pumping. Pumping from city of Blaine wells was the major contributor to all 47 complaints, while two area golf courses were minor contributors to two complaints.
- View the fact sheet
- Watch a short video explaining the investigation process and results
- Full technical report
- Supplemental information
The settlement process for valid complaints has strict timelines in Minnesota Rules. The process began on June 27, 2023.
If you have recently had to lower/replace your well pump or drill a new well and have not already submitted a complaint form, you may be eligible for reimbursement. Follow the “What to do if you run out of water” instructions or contact the DNR Well Interference Coordinator at 651-259-5034 or [email protected].