Apple Valley, Minnesota

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What is the Water Quality in Apple Valley, Minnesota?

Compared to other US cities, Apple Valley water quality ranks in the lower middle range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 20 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Radium is at extremely high levels: 66x health guidelines.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Apple Valley water.

What’s in Apple Valley water?

Here are the top 6 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
  6. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are six of the 20 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

11 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

Does Apple Valley have Lead contamination?

Yes, Apple Valley has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2014 through 2016 showed concentrations up to 4.0 parts per billion (ppb).

The legal limit for lead is 15 parts per billion. Being well-below this level is a good thing.

  • Concentrations between 3.8 ppb and 15 ppb put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. Read more about the symptoms of Lead in water.

There is no safe level of lead for humans.

  • The good news is that 99.99% of the lead can be filtered out.

See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.

Where does Apple Valley’s water come from?

Apple Valley’s water comes from the North Creek watershed.

24 of the 25 water sources in the North Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Alimagnet – Impaired
  • Farquar – Impaired
  • Long – Impaired
  • Over 15 Unnamed Creeks – Impaired

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Cobblestone is the only source in good condition.

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Apple Valley’s water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Apple Valley can be surprising and downright scary.

But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your home as well as things you can do at a community level.

In Your Home:
Take Control of Your Water with Berkey Filters

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 86.7% of contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Apple Valley water.
    • Brita can filter 12 of the 20 contaminants and Lead depending on the filter.
    • Note: We may receive a commission if you decide to purchase filters through links on this page.
  • To filter out 18 of the 20 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your house.
    • These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
      • Bromodichloromethane
      • Bromoform
      • Chloroform
      • Fluoride
      • Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – byproducts of chlorine treatment
      • Hexavalent chromium
      • Molybdenum
      • Nitrate
      • Radium
      • Strontium
      • Toluene
      • Total trihalomethanes – byproducts of chlorine treatment
      • Xylenes

In Your Community:

Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.

Go to: https://www.ci.apple-valley.mn.us/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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