Certificates Awarded to Drinking Water Safety

MANKATO (TEC News) -- Gov. Mark Dayton awarded certificates to Minnesota communities for protecting their drinking water sources. The Anoka County Municipal Wellhead Protection Group, city of Cold Spring, city of Detroit Lakes and city of Shakopee were recognized for their efforts. Land owners, the government and community residents can help. The 961 community water sources undergo around 23,000 tests. Most of these community sources have met all Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. Stew Thornley, Drinking Water Protection, said Mankato's water is safe.
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No Minnesota systems exceed state or federal pesticides or industrial contaminants standards. Coliform bacteria was detected in nine community sources, eight of which are municipal systems. Not all coliform causes illnesses. Eliminating the coliform usually takes less than a week.
Most of the community sources show few problems with arsenic, but some cities have continuing struggles. 10 water sources, eight of them being municipal, exceeded the standards.
Nine water sources, with eight of them as municipal systems, exceeded radium 226 and 228 standards. However, there are no restrictions on consumption. It's not an emergency, but residents should consult doctors with concerns.  None of the systems exceeded inorganic chemicals or disinfection by-products standards. This report has been released in time for Minnesota's Safe Drinking Water Week, for which the Minnesota Department of Health is partnering with H2O for Life, Dow Water and Process Solutions, Bongard Corporation/Elkay and the Minnesota Section of American Water Works Association. They created a poster contest in Minnesota schools to give grants for bottle-filling stations. These went to Bluffview Montessori in Winona, Salem Hills Schools of Inver Grove Heights, Highview Middle School in New Brighton and Burnsville Senior High School.
The 2012 report may be viewed at http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/com/dwar/report2012.pdf.

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