International Falls, Minnesota, has released its 2022 Drinking Water Report, providing a detailed account of the city's water quality and efforts to ensure safe and reliable drinking water for its residents. The report, prepared by the city's water department, offers insights into the source of the city's water, the contaminants tested for, and the results of those tests.
The city's drinking water comes from a surface water source, specifically the Rainy River. The report emphasizes the city's commitment to providing safe drinking water that meets federal and state water quality requirements. Bruce Wilson, the Chief Operator, is the point of contact for any questions regarding the city's drinking water.
The report also outlines the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for safe drinking water. These standards limit the amounts of specific contaminants allowed in drinking water, ensuring that tap water is safe to drink for most people.
The report includes the city's monitoring results from January 1 to December 31, 2022. The city works with the Minnesota Department of Health to test drinking water for more than 100 contaminants. While it is not unusual to detect contaminants in small amounts, the report assures that no water supply is ever completely free of contaminants.
The report also provides a detailed breakdown of the contaminants found in the city's water, including lead, copper, nitrate, xylenes, and various disinfection byproducts. The levels of these contaminants were found to be within the safe limits set by the EPA.
The report also highlights the importance of protecting vulnerable populations, such as infants, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems, from contaminants in drinking water. It provides advice on how to reduce exposure to lead, a contaminant that can enter drinking water as it passes through lead service lines and household plumbing systems.
The report concludes with a call to action for residents to help protect water resources. It provides tips for reducing water use and preventing backflow at cross connections, a process where bacteria and chemicals can enter the drinking water supply from polluted water sources due to water pressure differences.
Overall, the report underscores the city's commitment to maintaining high water quality standards and protecting the health of its residents. It serves as a valuable resource for residents to understand the quality of their drinking water and the efforts being made to ensure its safety.
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