Minnesota Drinking Water Deemed ‘Generally Safe’

By Adam Thomas, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Most of the community water systems in Minnesota are meeting federal guidelines for quality and safety. In a news release, the Minnesota Department of Health called the state’s 961 community water supply systems “generally safe.”

The annual report is based on routine testing for bacteria, nitrates, radiological elements and up to 118 different industrial chemicals and pesticides.

“You can be assured that the water coming out of your tap is more thoroughly tested and closely regulated than water from any other source, and that includes bottled water,” said Stu Thornley of the MDH’s water quality program.

Only one water system, which was not identified, exceeded government standards for pesticides and industrial contaminants. The MDH said the problem was fixed and the affected residents were notified.

Other problems, like the arsenic levels in 15 water systems, require more long term monitoring. More often than not, water systems outside the Twin Cities were noted for having problems.

“We’re fortunate that not only do we have good water quality but good water quantity in most parts of the state,” said Thornley.

Click here to read the report from the Minnesota Department of Health.

  • Murph

    Not for long tho…not with the party of BIG OIL coming into power.You will be crawling on your knees sucking along the grass or camping next to an algae pond in order to have a chance of being the last human being alive! The earth once had 30% oxygen..you don’t want to know and they won’t tell you what it is TODAY! Trust NO ONE!

    • MN Plumber

      As a Master Plumber/HVAC Tech I can tell you with certainty, that you sir, are a moron. Our water has been, is, and will remain just fine and our oxygen levels are above 29%. Just tested the outside air this morning clearing out my combustion analyzer.

    • Sarah in Outstate MN

      Murph, It appears you don’t realize that BOTH major polical parties are in bed with “big oil”. There are other great alternatives out there that are being studied, but BOTH parties rely and get money from oil companies. When the Democrats were in power in DC the same thing happened. NEITHER party will fund exploration of alternatives such as algae, which actually has proven to be renewable and cheaper, because they get money from Big Oil.

      Please read about this issue. If you honestly think the Democrats are not in bed with big oil, then you have your head in the sand. The University of Kansas has applied for funding because they are experimenting with algae and they keep getting turned down. Even the Democrats refused to give them funding to explore this.

      Get your head out of the sand. Please wake up.

    • M.

      Murph, not to feed you too much and politicize an article on tap water of all things, but who exactly is the party of “BIG OIL”?

      You do know that both of the major parties receive contributions from the oil industry, right? In case you haven’t noticed, we rely on oil production in nearly every aspect of our convenient, modern lives. Without those oil companies, you wouldn’t have the chance to grace us with your psycho-babble.

      Stop wasting oxygen.

    • Nick

      Shut up.

  • M.

    Well that’s reassuring. /sarcasm

  • Republican Mantra

    We don’t need drinking water, we need deregulation and more tax cuts!

  • Happy

    Arsenic is a natural chemical in our earth. It’s certain to be in water in small amounts. We do need to keep an eye on it, but it’s still there.

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