Edina, Minn., July 25, 2018 – The City of Edina reminds residents who might be concerned about a recent report from the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Working Group that drinking water here is safe, meeting or exceeding all state and federal guidelines for water quality and safety. Water produced by the City of Edina is safe for drinking, showering and bathing and household activities such as cooking, laundering and washing dishes.
The Environmental Working Group looked at data from 2010 through 2015 from public utilities nationwide to identify drinking water supplies that may be contaminated with Trichloroethylene (TCE), a cancer-causing industrial solvent made notorious by the book and film “A Civil Action.” The Environmental Working Group’s report listed Edina as a community that met federal limits but exceeded the Minnesota Health Department’s suggested Health Based Value, or guideline, for TCE in 2015. The sample was taken at the “raw water line” before it was treated. Water that entered the distribution system after the treatment process, though, had levels categorized as “non-detectable.”
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Environmental Protection Agency have been working since 2007 on an issue of groundwater contamination in St. Louis Park. A plume of contamination has extended into Edina. In response, the City opened Water Treatment Plant No. 6 at 5116 Brookside Ave. The plant, which treats 4 of the City’s 18 wells, is equipped with an aeration system designed to filter out vinyl chloride and other volatile organic compounds like TCE. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency paid for the design of the plant. The City also worked with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) on the project.
“Edina’s drinking water is safe,” said City Manager Scott Neal. “Water pumped out of the ground with TCE or other volatile organic compounds is treated at a water treatment plant before distribution.”
For more information on drinking water in Edina, read the recent issue of Public Works Pipeline, which includes the City’s annual drinking water report. The issue can be found online at EdinaMN.gov. For more information on TCE in drinking water, visit the MDH website at www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/hazardous/topics/tce.html.