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Safe Drinking Water

Water quality can no longer be taken for granted.? The truth is that many municipal and rural water supplies contain chemicals, minerals, and metals that are hazardous to your health. Fortunately, if you're concerned about safe drinking water there are a number of water purification options out there for you to choose from that can significantly reduce the level of chemicals, metals, minerals, and other particulates in your drinking water.

Do You Have Safe Drinking Water?

Test It to Be Sure! Many Minnesota homeowners have questions about the safety and content of the water that comes out of their kitchen faucet, and for good reason. Mine tailings, agricultural runoff, livestock waste, sewage, and industrial wastes are just a few of the possible sources that can quickly pollute an entire water supply. If you live in an urban or suburban area, the EPA requires that every municipal water district print out an annual CCR (Consumer Confidence Report) that provides you with information regarding the levels of chemicals, bacterial contaminants, heavy metals, and other pollutants that exist in your municipal water supply. Many independent organizations suggest that you test your water annually just to be safe, even if it's tested safe in the past. If you live in the suburbs of Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Plymouth, St. Louis Park and Edina you draw your water primarily from the Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifer and might be astounded at how hard your water is and how much you might benefit from simple forms of water treatment.

Safe Drinking Water Solutions

Just because your drinking water meets the minimum standards established by the Safe Drinking Water Act does not means that it is safe for you and your family! If your tests come back showing that you don't have safe drinking water, there are ways to treat your water to make it safe. The appropriate solution depends on the nature of your contaminants, since there are a variety of water purification systems, each of which addresses different water quality problems. Here's a short list of the most common purification systems, and what they're used for:
  • Carbon Filters are available in both granulated and solid block varieties. They are effective at removing foul tastes and odors from water, as well as fuel products and pesticides. If you have problems with lead, VOC's, asbestos, cysts, and coliforms, there are specially made, certified carbon filters that can help.
  • Reverse Osmosis Filters use water pressure to force water through a permeable membrane that filters contaminating particulates out of water. Because the membrane's pores are so fine (measured by microns), almost nothing but water gets through. This is the type of filtration used by many bottled water companies because it does such a thorough job and is one of few filters that is effective at removing metals and nitrates from your water.
  • Water Softening Systems solve hard water problems by removing the minerals, especially calcium and magnesium, in your water. Hard water and its high mineral content generally aren't linked to many safe drinking water concerns, but at high enough levels they can be an issue. More often homeowners get a water softening system to reduce mineral buildup in pipes, on fixtures, as well as to make water more pleasant for bathing and washing (bathing in hard water can leave a soap scum layer that traps bacteria and can cause skin irritation). If you've got hard water, having a water softening system installed is an excellent investment.
Safe drinking water is a vital aspect of good health, making poor water quality a serious problem. If you suspect your water isn't safe to drink, or have already tested it and found water quality to be a problem, talk to a specialist in water purification systems about choosing and installing the right system to make your water safe again. Benefits of water treatment go beyond cleaner, odorless, better-tasting water. You also may notice a change elsewhere. After softening hard water, your skin may feel softer. Your hair may feel silkier. You'll notice that soap suds last longer and your clothes may feel softer. All with a reduced need for detergents and cleansers. Appliances like water heaters, dishwashers and washing machines will not only perform more efficiently but also last longer. Pipes and other appliances will also benefit from the reduction of calcium and magnesium buildup. And don't forget the impact on the environment -- fewer bottles heading to the landfill. Minneapolis MN Annual Water Quality Reports (PDF) 2011