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Medina MN Water Softener and Drinking Water Guide

The City of Medina MN provides drinking water to its residents from ten wells ranging from 204-770 feet deep. They draw water from the Franconia-Ironton-Galesville, Mt. Simon, Quaternary Buried Unconfined, Jordan, and Quaternary Buried Artesian aquifers.

Rust Stains and Discolored Water

Private wells in Medina draw water from the same aquifers as the City does. Well water in Medina, MN often contains high levels of Iron, Manganese, and sometimes illegal levels of Arsenic. Fortunately, the Medina city water plant reduces Iron levels and staining is usually not an issue.

The Chlorine in city water oxidizes Iron. If oxidized iron is present, it CANNOT be removed by a Water Softener, and will require additional filtration.

The City of Medina, MN operates three separate water systems, each with their own set of challenges. Medina is also supplied water by The City of Orono MN for the Keller Estates Addition. The City of Maple Plain MN supplies the far southwest corner of the City.

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  • Medina Water Hardness

Medina Water Softener Recommendations

The national average for water hardness is 5gpg (grains per gallon). Medina water hardness is 22-24gpg, which is about 5x 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 Medina, MN?

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Medina Water Reports

The City of Medina, MN 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.

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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 2.06-2.76 0 10 Skin damage or problems w/ circulatory systems, increased risk of cancer
Barium 0.015-0.26 2 2 Increase in blood pressure
Fluoride 0.82-1.2 4 4 Bone disease;children may get mottled teeth
Nitrate 0.11-0.53 10 10 Blue-baby syndrome

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
Vinyl chloride 0.08-0.4 0 2 Increased risk of cancer

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 0.2-2.5 4 4 Eye/nose irritation; stomach discomfort
Chloroform 0.42-2.1 5.7 80 Nervous system depression, increase in kidney and liver tumors
Haloacetic Acids 1.9-12.7 0 80 Increased risk of cancer
Total Trihalomethanes 1.2-26.8 0 60 Increased risk of cancer

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 4.4-16.3 0 15.4 Increased risk of cancer
Combined Radium 1.1-12.3 0 5 Increased risk of cancer
Radon 494-549 0 NA Increased risk of cancer

This information was compiled from Medina’s water treatment 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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