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Virtual Minnesota Drought Preparedness and Water Loss Workshop

Jun 6
June 6, 2023 - June 7, 2023
Dry corn crops, damaged by drought, representing drought conditions in the Midwest.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sponsoring two virtual half-day workshops focused on drought preparedness and water loss for utilities in Minnesota. The workshop is being developed in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Minnesota Rural Water Association.

These virtual workshops are an opportunity for Minnesota water utilities and subject matter experts to share strategies, lessons learned and success stories regarding preparedness for drought and water shortages. Participants will have the opportunity to identify practical actions that water utilities can take to proactively build and sustain mitigation measures, as well as preparedness, response, and recovery planning efforts.

June 6th Drought Preparedness Workshop

8:30 am – 12:00 pm CDT

  • Minnesota drought situation overview, including current planning efforts and early warning systems
  • An overview of how to create a Drought Response Plan and an introduction to EPA’s Drought Response and Recovery: A Basic Guide for Water Utilities
  • An overview of federal funding opportunities related to drought resilience
  • Strategies and solutions related to water conservation and water efficiency

June 7th Water Loss Workshop

8:30 am – 12:00 pm CDT

  • Additional case studies and best practices
  • An introduction to water loss and leak detection
  • An overview of free American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Audit software and a detailed overview of how to conduct a water audit

Who Should Participate?

  • Drinking water and wastewater utility operators and managers
  • Technical assistance providers
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies

For registration or workshop questions, contact Will Keefer at 508-833-6600 or