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Edina Water Softener and Drinking Water Guide

The City of Edina has 200 miles of water mains, 360 miles of sanitary and storm sewer mains, 18 deep water wells and 5 water treatment plants.  Together, they can deliver up to 22 million gallons of water per day.

Not every city well is filtered for the removal of Iron and Manganese. Iron and Manganese can result in discolored water leaves orange/red/brown stains.  They can also result in taste or odor complaints.

The Chlorine in city water oxidizes Iron. Oxidized iron CANNOT be removed by a Water Softener, and requires additional filtration.

Morningside Neighborhood Water Quality

The Morningside area is serviced by Minneapolis which gets its water from the Mississippi River. Seasonal low river levels and algae blooms can cause a fishy, musty odor, and brown discoloration. There is also a long term plan to resolve this.

  • Soft Water
  • National Hardness Average
  • Edina Water Hardness

Edina Water Softener Recommendations

The national average for water hardness is 5gpg (grains per gallon). Edina water hardness is 17-22gpg, which is almost 4x harder than average.

A water softener will protect your water heater, plumbing, and appliances from hard water damage.  A high efficiency water softener will offer the same protection, but will use far less water and salt.

Need the Right Water Softener or Filter for Your Home in Edina, MN?

Contact us for a FREE water test and site inspection.  We’ll get you a FREE quote to help you get the water quality you want.

Edina Water Reports

The City of Edina does regular water testing and publishes the results in Annual Drinking Water Reports. These reports explain which water contaminants, and what levels have been found.

Vinyl Chloride in Edina City Water Makes the News

Vinyl Chloride is a known carcinogen that was first detected in Edina city water back in 2003.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, long-term exposure to Vinyl Chloride can lead to liver damage and liver cancer.

By summer 2012, Edina plans to have completed a water treatment system to address contamination that has now been found in other Edina wells.

The EPA has two standards for drinking water contaminants:

MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level
The legal limit for a certain contaminant

MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level GOAL
The level with ZERO HEALTH RISKS, aka the “Health Limit”

All water contaminants meet the EPA’s “Legal Limit”. Contaminants that exceed the EPA’s Health Limit have been highlighted below.

Inorganic Contaminants

Inorganic contaminants include natural and manmade salts and metals. You are mostly exposed to inorganics through drinking water, most do not easily pass through skin. Carbon Filters (refrigerator and faucet filters) have almost ZERO impact on these contaminants. Reverse Osmosis very effective at removing inorganic contaminants.

Contaminant Amount Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Arsenic 1.21-3.46 0 10 Skin damage or problems w/ circulatory systems, increased risk of cancer
Barium 0.012-2.1 2 2 Increase in blood pressure
Fluoride 0.21-1.3 4 4 Bone disease;children may get mottled teeth

Organic Contaminants

Organic contaminants can come from either natural sources like algae, or man-made chemicals. You can be exposed through drinking water, absorption through skin (bathing), and inhalation. This makes a Hybrid Filter System, or Whole House Carbon Filter a good preventative tool.

Contaminant Amount Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
1,1,1-Trichloroethane 0-0.37 200 200 Liver, nervous system, or circulatory problems
Benzene .08-0.3 0 5 Anemia, decrease in blood platelets, increased risk of cancer
cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene 6.85-9.9 70 70 Increased risk of cancer
trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene .38-.50 100 100 Liver problems
Trichloroethylene 0.3-1.0 0 5 Liver problems; increased risk of cancer
Vinyl Chloride 1.15-1.6 0 2 Increased risk of cancer
Xylenes 0.02-0.2 1.8 100 Nervous system damage

Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts

Disinfectants are added to kill bacteria. Disinfectants like Chlorine react with other chemicals and create “Disinfection Byproducts. These chemicals enter the body through inhalation, absorption through skin, and drinking water. A Whole House Carbon Filter is a good preventative tool in addition to a Drinking Water System for these compounds.

Contaminant Amount Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Chlorine 0.4-1.9 4 4 Eye/nose irritation; stomach discomfort
Chloroform 3.37-13 5.7 80 Nervous system depression, increase in kidney and liver tumors
Haloacetic Acids 4.3-8.5 0 80 Increased risk of cancer
Total Trihalomethanes 8.6-24 0 60 Increased risk of cancer

Microbial Contaminants

Microbes like bacteria and virus come from a variety of sources. These include water main breaks, leaky septic systems, livestock, and wildlife. Microbial contaminants are mainly consumed through drinking water. Carbon Filters and Water Softeners do not offer any protection against microbes, but UV Treatment is very effective.

Contaminant Amount Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Total Coliform Bacteria 4% 0 5 Not a health threat itself; it is used to indicate whether other potentially harmful bacteria may be present

*Upon re-testing, 0% Coliform Bacteria was detected.

Radionuclide Contaminants

Radionuclides in water may occur naturally, or come from oil and gas production or mining activities. These can be inhaled, or consumed through drinking water.

Contaminant Amount Found Health Limit Legal Limit Potential Effects
Alpha Emitter 11.65-15.5 0 15.4 Increased risk of cancer
Combined Radium 4.45-5.5 0 5 Increased risk of cancer
Radon 202 0 NA Increased risk of cancer
This information was compiled from Edina Annual Drinking Water Reports, the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Minnesota Department of Health(DOH), World Health Organization(WHO), and Environmental Working Group(EWG). Please contact us if there are any missing contaminants, or levels that differ from those outlined on this page.
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