Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Water Quality in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Watershed: Falls of the Big Sioux River
What is the water quality like in Sioux Falls, SD?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Sioux Falls water.
What’s in Sioux Falls water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 14 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 5 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Sioux Falls’s water come from?
Sioux Falls’s water comes from the Falls of the Big Sioux River watershed.
One of the two water sources in the Falls of the Big Sioux River watershed is in Impaired condition. This is the Big Sioux River.
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Covell Lake is in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Sioux Falls’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.
In Your Household:
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 12 of the 14 contaminants in your drinking water, including Mercury.
- To filter out 12 of the 14 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.
- 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.siouxfalls.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.