Water Conservation Toolbox
Programs for water suppliers
There are several benefits and challenges to the implementation of water conservation programs. The following tools have been developed to assist in the evaluation and selection of water conservation programs.
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Implementing a combination of programs tailored to your community's needs is the most effective way of reducing water use. To assist you in selecting water conservation programs, this Toolbox provides information in the following areas:
See water conservation programs
in use today throughout the metropolitan area.
Evaluating the impact of water conservation education is difficult. However, providing conservation messages on a regular basis through a variety of approaches (bill stuffers, newsletters, press releases, school outreach) helps to ensure the messages reach a large audience. Minnesota Statute 103G.291 requires that water suppliers have an education program as part of their conservation plan.
Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.291, was amended in 2008 to include a requirement for public water suppliers serving more than 1,000 people to adopt a water rate structure that encourages conservation. For more information on conservation rate structures, visit the Department of Natural Resources website.
A residential rate structure development tool is available here to assist in the development of water conservation rate structures. Rate Structure Tool. This tool focuses on residential use and rates. Suppliers may want to establish different rate structures for commercial, industrial and institutional customers that promote conservation through higher rates for the uses that are above their normal operational needs.
Communities throughout the United States are using stormwater as an alternative water source for irrigation. As the percent of impervious surface throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area increases, stormwater runoff increases, impacting water quality. Harvesting rainwater and using retention ponds to capture stormwater runoff for subsequent use can reduce the impacts of urban runoff while conserving our water resources.