Drinking water

There's no excuse for unsafe drinking water. Yet every day, there are Minnesotans whose health is put at risk by outdated lead service lines, aging water treatment infrastructure or community wells tainted with nitrates. Unsurprisingly, it's often economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color who are most at risk. At FMR, we advocate for funding and policies that will ensure all Minnesotans — regardless of their ZIP code — have access to safe drinking water, while simultaneously defending the important environmental protections that do exist.

Drinking water
Lead service line bill advances through first House committee
Leaders in both chambers have said passing lead service line bills is a priority for the 2023 session. Read more
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What MN election results mean for FMR’s 2023 legislative priorities
The 2022 elections are (mostly) behind us, meaning we have a clearer picture of how FMR's legislative priorities may fare. Read more
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Mississippi River diversion pipeline is impractical, study says
Could the Mississippi River refill the Southwest's freshwater reserves? A recent study says the idea of a diversion pipeline doesn't hold water. Read more
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Governor Walz proposes $200 million in bonding for water infrastructure

One of FMR’s top priorities this legislative session is investing in Minnesota’s water infrastructure. That’s why we’re asking Gov. Tim Walz and the Legislature to help #FixThePipesMN — and why we’re so pleased that Walz proposed $200 million in water infrastructure investment through the bonding bill this session.  >>

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What the federal infrastructure bill means for Minnesota's waters

Congress passed a long-awaited Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which President Biden signed into law on November 15. Here's what it means for Minnesota's waters.  >>

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Can we make Minnesota's drinking water lead-free?

Everyone deserves clean, safe drinking water. Unfortunately, though lead was banned for plumbing in 1986, existing lead pipes remain a threat in Minnesota. FMR is working with our partners to advance three emerging opportunities to fund lead service line replacement.  >>

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