Glass Half Empty or Half Contaminated?
When most of us hold a cup of cold tap water to light, we may not see anything alarming in our glass. Additionally, tap water helps us complete daily chores around our home — from cooking to showering and doing laundry. It’s important to know what substances are lurking in our Minnesota tap water so that we can take action to ensure that our water is clean and safe.
Bacteria in Minnesota Drinking Water
Bacteria are some of the first microscopic organisms on Earth, and they exist today in almost every place of our environment — whether that’s in our bodies or in our tap water. The bacteria found in Minnesota’s surface water and groundwater can be dangerous to our health due to these very bacteria. Drinking tap water with disease-causing bacteria, viruses, or parasites (or pathogens, altogether) can make you fall ill.
Minnesota is a largely agricultural state, which means that rural homeowners rely on septic systems to treat their household waste. Also, city sewer systems wear over time, causing wastewater to leak into our waterways — including our groundwater. This means that our tap water is a risk of holding coliform bacteria, which indicates that fecal matter is present in our water.
How Can I Protect My Drinking Water?
While the Minnesota Department of Health regularly tests for coliform bacteria in our water systems, you can take steps to protect your home’s water supply on your own. One of the best ways to keep your water clean and healthy is to install a water filtration system, which works to:
- Soften your water to remove harsh chemicals.
- Filter your water to remove bacteria and other pathogens.
- Leave you with clean, healthy, and drinkable water!
The first step to better water is to identify what’s in your water with a free water analysis. If you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin and are in need of a new whole house water filtration system, you’re in luck! Aquarius Water Conditioning provides free quotes and sells top of line water filtration systems by Kinetico to provide your homes with purified water. Contact our team today to learn more.