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Spring Park Water Softener and Drinking Water Guide

The City of Spring Park provides drinking water to its residents from a groundwater source: three wells ranging from 391 to 790 feet deep, which draw water from the Franconia-Mt. Simon and Jordan aquifers.

TCE in Spring Park Water

Recent tests show that Tricholoroethylene (TCE) has contaminated aquifers in Spring Park and low levels of TCE have been detected in 2 of the city’s 3 wells.

Well water is treated at the municipal water plant before it is supplied to residents. This treated water is routinely sampled to make sure federal standards are met, and levels never exceed 5ppb (parts per billion).

The Minnesota Department of Health changed their recommended maximum level for TCE, called a “health based value,” to 2 ppb for healthy adults and 0.4 ppb for all persons, including infants, children and persons with impaired immune systems.

  • Soft Water
  • National Hardness Average
  • Spring Park Water Hardness

Spring Park Water Softener Recommendations

The national average for water hardness is 5gpg (grains per gallon). Spring Park water hardness is 28-30gpg, which is 6x 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.

Spring Park Water Reports

The City of Spring Park, 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 1.01 0 10 Skin damage or problems w/ circulatory systems, increased risk of cancer
Barium 0.085 2 2 Increase in blood pressure
Fluoride 0.88-4.4 4 4 Bone disease;children may get mottled teeth
Nitrate 0.82-0.90 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
cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene 2.8 70 70 Increased risk of cancer
Tetrachloroethylene 2.2 0 5 Liver problems; increased risk of cancer
Trichloroethylene 1.4-1.7 0 5 Liver problems; increased risk of cancer
Xylenes 0.13-0.4 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 0.7-0.8 4 4 Eye/nose irritation; stomach discomfort
Chloroform 15.46-46.0 5.7 80 Nervous system depression, increase in kidney and liver tumors
Haloacetic Acids 7.1-9.4 0 80 Increased risk of cancer
Total Trihalomethanes 22.9-58.6 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 8.9-14.3 0 15.4 Increased risk of cancer
Combined Radium 1.5-2.1 0 5 Increased risk of cancer
Radon 240-275 0 NA Increased risk of cancer

This information was compiled from Spring Park’s water treatment reports, the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), Minnesota Department of Health(DOH), World Health Organization(WHO), and Environmental Working Group(EWG).

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