Is Your Water Safe?

By KBJR Manager

Is Your Water Safe?

May 3, 2011 Updated May 3, 2011 at 11:19 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Test results continue to reveal that the vast majority of community water systems in the state have met all the regulations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Although some problems have been revealed during routine monitoring, the Minnesota Department of Health reports that drinking water in Minnesota's 961 community water supply systems is generally safe.

Minnesota's public water supply systems are tested on a regular basis for bacteria, nitrates, and other inorganic chemicals, radiological elements, and up to 118 different industrial chemicals and pesticides.

The MDH annual report is based on the results of monitoring under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act for the past year.

The drinking water annual report includes test results for 726 city water systems throughout the state. Also included were 235 non-municipal systems that provide drinking water to people in their place of residence—in locations such as manufactured home parks, apartment buildings, housing subdivisions, colleges, hospitals, prisons, and child care facilities.