Why and how to conserve water

The Twin Cities is growing and the demand for water continues to increase.  There is enough water in the short-term, but long-term projections predict potentially significant impacts to aquifers if water continues to be consumed at current rates.
There is hope – the water forecast does not need to be doom and gloom.  Residents, businesses, water suppliers, and elected officials can work together to save water.  Enough water for our region to simultaneously grow and become more water efficient.

These water conservation pages have been created by the Metropolitan Council specifically for Twin Cities metropolitan area residents.  Use these links to learn more about water issues in the news, the sources of water in each community, ideas for water conservation, ideas for water conservation programs, and much more.

When you’re ready to get started with learning how to conserve water, click on the Toolbox link to the left.  But first, take a minute to learn why water conservation is so important by scanning through the boxes below. 

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Water Supply and Conservation Talk in the News

Earth’s Groundwater Quantified

Check out this visualization of one of our most valuable resources Link to story
Source: BBC News

Water Supplies and Declining Snowpack

Two billion people depend on increasingly vulnerable snowpacks for potable water Link to story
Source: New York Times

Safe Drinking Water Eludes Wisconsinites

Water supplies in our eastern neighbor are showcased in this article Link to story
Source: MinnPost/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism