In Burnsville, the drinking water supply comes from two sources: groundwater and surface water.
Groundwater is found underground in the spaces between soil, sand and rock. The water is stored in and moves through geological aquifers. Groundwater can be brought to the surface naturally through a spring or discharged through lakes and streams. It can also be extracted through man-made wells.
Surface water includes water bodies such as ponds, lakes, rivers and wetlands. The main water source for surface water in Burnsville is rainwater runoff and snowmelt. Rainwater runoff, snowmelt and surface water bodies also recharge the groundwater supply. Protecting surface water is essential to recharge the groundwater and protecting the drinking water supply. Learn more about what you can do to protect surface water quality.
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