What is the Water Quality in Edina, Minnesota?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Edina water quality ranks in the high range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 36 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Radium is at very high levels: 64x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Edina water.
What’s in Edina 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
- Dichloroacetic acid – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 36 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
11 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Edina have Lead contamination?
No, Edina does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2018 showed concentrations of 0.0 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 Edina’s water come from?
Edina’s water comes from the Minnehaha Creek watershed.
All 43 water sources in the Minnehaha Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Lake of the Isles
- Minnehaha Creek
- Minnetonka-Grays Bay
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Edina’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Edina 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.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 94.4% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 32 of the 36 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis 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:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Chromium (total)
- Dibromoacetic acid
- Haloacetic acids
- Vinyl chloride
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.edinamn.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.