Funding for water-bottle filling units/hydration stations

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Oral Health Program, in collaboration with the Drinking Water Protection Program, is offering grants to fund the purchase of water-bottle filling units, or “hydration stations," in communities across Minnesota.

Approved hydration stations promote health and address inequities in communities by maintaining optimal fluoride levels in drinking water to prevent tooth decay, or cavities, providing community members with no-cost alternatives to sugary drinks and removing lead and other contaminants associated with plumbing materials.

Funds of up to $2,200 will be awarded for the purchase of approved hydration stations, mounting hardware and replacement filters. Any Minnesota organization such as schools, Head Start centers, community centers, non-profits, clinics, etc. receiving water from a municipal community public water system (PWS) is eligible to apply.

Applications must be received by 2:00 PM on Monday, November 29, 2021, and can be submitted electronically or by mail. Application materials and additional information are available at Drinking Water Protection Grant Information under "Hydration Station Grant." Please contact anita.smith@state.mn.us and andrew.karp@state.mn.us with questions.

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