Your local and state government is proactively working to protect the lakes and your drinking water. December 2021, Fairmont released an update to Surface Water Intake Protection Plan (SWIPP).

Excerpted from the SWIPP introduction:

The 1996 amendments to the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) required the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to complete source water assessments (SWAs) for public water systems (PWS). The first source water assessment for Fairmont was completed in 2003 and was replaced by the current SWA in 2019.

The SWIPP document is an example of a new generation of intake protection planning in Minnesota. The PWS and MDH have dedicated resources to create a Surface Water Intake Protection Plan (SWIPP) which is guided by the contents of the current SWA.
This SWIPP will be reviewed and assessed on a five-year basis. Contributors to the SWIPP MDH, in partnership with the Fairmont Public Utilities Commission, assembled a team of staff from MDH, the city of Fairmont, the Martin Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and Minnesota Rural Water Association to develop and review this SWIPP. Martin County, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA), Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) staff were also involved with the review of the SWIPP.

Click here to read the full introduction and SWIPP document.

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Webmaster, mechanical engineer, programmer, Wood worker, DIY enthusiast, lives on Budd Lake in Fairmont, MN