What is the Water Quality in Burnsville, Minnesota?
Compared to other US cities, Burnsville water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 20 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at very high levels: 16x health guidelines.
- Radium is at extremely high levels: 80x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Burnsville water.
What’s in Burnsville water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 20 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
12 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Burnsville have Lead contamination?
Yes, Burnsville has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2016 through 2018 showed concentrations up to 2.0 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 removed.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Burnsville’s water come from?
Burnsville’s water comes from the Black Dog Lake – Minnesota River watershed.
All 18 water sources in the Black Dog Lake – Minnesota River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Credit River – Impaired
- Minnesota River – Impaired
- Nine Mile Creek – Impaired
- Black Dog – Unknown
- Heritage Hills Pond – Unknown
- Overlook – Unknown
- Sylvia Mae Marsh – Unknown
- Multiple Unnamed Creeks – Unknown
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of three uses:
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Burnsville’s water.
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Burnsville can be surprising.
But there are things you can do in your home to clean up your water.
To Remove Lead and Other Contaminants In Your Home:
There is one solution that beats Brita, PUR, and expensive whole house systems.
- It costs less per gallon.
- Needs fewer filter changes.
- And it doesn’t make your water taste weird.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 88% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 18 of the 20 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.
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.burnsvillemn.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.