Are you really sure my drinking water is safe?

YES! Under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) enforces these drinking water standards for public water supplies. The treatment systems for both cities are designed to treat for VOC contamination associated with the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site.

In addition to the federal SDWA, MDH has Health Risk Limits (HRLs) and Health Based Values (HBVs) that are used as guidance values for public drinking water supplies. HRLs and HBVs may be more stringent than federal SDWA levels.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has worked with both cities to design treatment plants to clean the drinking water to meet these more stringent values.

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1. Is Edina’s drinking water safe?
2. Who sets the standard for Edina’s drinking water?
3. How often is Edina’s water tested?
4. What’s the history of groundwater contamination in Edina?
5. What is vinyl chloride?
6. Where does vinyl chloride come from?
7. What are the health risks of exposure to vinyl chloride?
8. How much did it cost to build Water Treatment Plant 6?
9. Is water from private wells safe?
10. What is the source of contamination?
11. Where is the plume?
12. Is the contamination just vinyl chloride?
13. What is TCE?
14. What are the health concerns of TCE in drinking water?
15. What amount of TCE in drinking water is safe?
16. How big is the plume of contamination?
17. How was the size of the deep plume determined?
18. What’s the difference between the deep groundwater plume and the shallow groundwater plume?
19. Is there any chance this contamination could extend into another of Edina’s wells?
20. Will my property be tested?
21. Is it safe to garden or harvest my fruits and vegetables?
22. What’s next in dealing with the solvent plume?
23. Are there other National Priorities List sites in Minnesota or across the nation that have groundwater plumes as the basis for listing?
24. What effect does the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site have on property values?
25. What is the difference between the Reilly Tar & Chemical site and the Highway 100 and County Road 3 Groundwater Plume Site?
26. Are you really sure my drinking water is safe?
27. What’s next?