Water Problems in Stillwater, MN: Is It Safe?

Water is essential to life. We need it to survive in life. But what happens when the water we consume is contaminated with harmful substances? In Stillwater, Minnesota, there have been concerns about the safety of the water. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), there are 17 known contaminants in the water, eight of which exceed the EWG health guidelines. As a result, people have been left wondering if the water in Stillwater, MN, is safe to drink. Should the water even be supplied to residents? How can one tell if they have already consumed these contaminants, and what can you do as a consumer? These are some of the questions that this blog post seeks to answer. 

Does Stillwater, MN, Have Hard Water?

Stillwater, MN, has hard water. Hard water is water with high levels of dissolved minerals, typically calcium and magnesium. The source of water in Stillwater, MN, is the St. Croix River, which is known for its high mineral content.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the hardness level in Stillwater, MN, ranges from 15-22 GPG, which is considered very hard water. This implies that the water in Stillwater contains a high level of dissolved minerals, which can lead to several problems.

Are There Contaminants in the Water?

There are quite several contaminants in Stillwater, MN. One of the most concerning contaminants is PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are a class of chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, grease, and oil. 

According to a recent study, Stillwater’s water has some of the highest levels of PFAS in Minnesota.

Other contaminants found in Stillwater’s water include:

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Dibromochloromethane, 
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA9), 
  • Nitrate
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs). 

What Effects Do Water Contaminants Have on My Health

Water contaminants can have a range of negative health effects, depending on the level of exposure. For example, exposure to PFAS has been linked to an increased risk of cancer and liver damage, thyroid disease, increased risk of asthma, low birth weight, delayed development, and decreased fertility. Chloroform and bromodichloromethane have been linked to an increased risk of bladder and colon cancer as well as reproductive and birth defects.

Nitrates, on the other hand, can be especially harmful to infants and young children. High levels of nitrates in drinking water can lead to “blue baby syndrome,” which can be fatal.

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An aerial view of the Twin Cities Suburb of Stillwater, Minnesota

How Do I Know What the Quality of My Water Is?

It’s very important to confirm the quality of your water to ensure that it is safe and healthy for consumption. Here are three ways you can determine the quality of your water:

Check Your Local Water Quality Report

Your local water supplier is required by law to provide an annual water quality report, also known as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). This report should provide details about the source of your water, any contaminants present, and the levels of those contaminants.

Test Your Water

You can also test your water yourself using a home water testing kit. These kits are available at most hardware or home improvement stores and can test for various contaminants.

Contact a Certified Laboratory

You can opt to send a sample of your water to a certified laboratory for testing. This option is more accurate as the laboratory will conduct a thorough analysis of your water sample and provide detailed results. You can find a certified laboratory by contacting your local health department or searching online.

Should I Test My Water at Home?

Absolutely! Testing your home water is a smart move. It will allow you to access valuable information about the quality of your water. What’s more, it can also help you identify any issues that may need to be addressed to improve the taste, odor, or safety of your water.

How to Get Rid of PFAS in Drinking Water?

There are three widely used methods of removing PFAS from drinking water. These are:

Carbon Activation

Carbon is used in this method to adsorb the PFAS molecules, removing them from the water. This method is commonly used in point-of-use and point-of-entry systems. There are activated carbon filters for home use, and they can be easily installed in the sink or the main water supply line.

Reverse Osmosis (RO) Systems

Reverse Osmosis systems use a semi-permeable membrane to filter out contaminants from the water. The membrane has pores that are smaller than the PFAS molecules, which allow it to remove those molecules from the water. RO systems can be installed under the sink or at the point of entry to the home.

Ion Exchange

Ion exchange involves exchanging the PFAS molecules with other ions. The method involves passing the water through a resin that contains charged ions. The PFAS molecules are attracted to the charged ions and are removed from the water. Ion exchange systems can be installed at the point of entry or point of use.

Get Rid of PFAS in Drinking Water the Correct Way

The water in Stillwater, Minnesota, has a range of contaminants, including PFAS, which have been linked to a range of negative health effects. If you’re concerned about the quality of your water, there are steps you can take, including testing your water and treating it through carbon activation, ion exchange, or reverse osmosis. 

At Aquarius Water Condition, we have the right tools and expertise to test your water and recommend the best solution for your needs. We can help you remove PFAS and other contaminants in your water. Don’t sit and consume water that’s harmful to your health. Take action today. Call us at 844-565-9194, and let’s clean your water!

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Andrea Rivera
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PJ Jewelle
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Mike did an EXCELLENT job! I have a very old AC unit and I can’t afford to replace it. I was concerned I had caused the AC to not work when I cleaned it off with a garden hose. He assured me that I didn’t cause it; it was just time for the parts to be replaced. He showed me what he replaced and explained where/how each part failed. I have called on Aquarius Home Service for many things in the last three years and will continue to be a loyal customer. I have referred them to others, as well. I highly recommend!
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Mary Marette
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Very knowledge, he showed me all that would would need to be done during installation of my heat pump/furnace, etc. answered all my questions. When the electrician was here they were very quiet, showed me the work that is being done. Very respective of my home
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Eric Hynnek
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Connie Dageford
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Robert Partyka
Robert Partyka
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The technician was excellent
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mary bond
mary bond
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Our water heater went out on Fri evening. We called Aquarius early Sat morning and they said earliest they could get out was Mon. On Sun I received a text confirming our Mon appointment but on Mon morning they called and said the earliest they could get to us was the following week !We should be without hot water till then ? We are not a new customer…. 5 months previously we had a new furnace and air conditioner installed at quite an expense. I am appalled at their service or rather lack there of ! As an established customer they felt waiting approximately 10days without water was acceptable Bad, Bad, Bad !
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Karen Harshbarger
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2022 and 2023 Annual furnace and air tune-ups performed by Brandon and Nicholas, as well as our 2024 annual air conditioner tuneup by Ethan EXCEEDED our expectations - very professional, accommodating and thorough, always take time to debrief, go the extra mile and provide maintenance tips. THANK YOU for taking care of our home.
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Andrea Chung
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Mark Blomgren
Mark Blomgren
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Explained everything well
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gino hebzynski
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D Ringler
D Ringler
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We have had Aquarius out for several jobs and they have done an outstanding job. This was with Paul and AJ for some exterior electrical work. Installed a fan on our covered porch and two additional outlets. Paul thought of going through the attic to install the fan so we did not need to have any exterior conduit showing. We will definitely have them out as our service needs dictate.
Haley Lasché
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We had an excellent experience with Aquarius. Our plumber, Erik, was efficient and thorough. He made a complete assessment and gave me different options for the repairs I could make. He also prepared me for the costs of the repairs we knew we needed to make now as well as the repairs we will likely need to make in the future. I felt like I was able to make a good choice about what needed to be done today, and I’m ready for what to expect in the coming years as we care for and repair the 75-year-old house we love so much. I will absolutely use them again.
James Pike
James Pike
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Ronald Peterson
Ronald Peterson
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Problem solved. Simple error on our part with the power switch turned off by mistake. Quick effective service.
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Donn Satrom
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Wanda Bester
Wanda Bester
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Jon Roloff
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Christopher Eggert
Christopher Eggert
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vivek javangula
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M Engelen
M Engelen
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Kay Milbrath
Kay Milbrath
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Jerrold Wood
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Jason Anderson
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betty cornwell
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Vincent Ruane
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mark stevenson
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Paul was very professional, very knowledgeable and got things done quickly....thanks
Danielle F
Danielle F
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Gary Long
Gary Long
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Aliciea Her
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C. C.
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John Jansen
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Dale Ebben
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Thomas Gruetzmacher
Thomas Gruetzmacher
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Eric Meyer
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