Water Quality Report
All community water systems must distribute a drinking water report known as a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) annually to their customers before July 1 of the current year per the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). The results included in this report are from the previous year from January 1 to December 31.
Throughout the year, Township personnel take water samples within the township and the data is reported to the MDH on a monthly basis. From this information provided to the MDH, they send an annual drinking water report that shows our water quality. This information must be available for our customers by July 1st of the given year. The Township provides this information to our customers by including a pamphlet called our Water Quality Report in the quarterly utility bills.
The Minnesota Department of Health provides information about your drinking water source(s) in a source water assessment including:
- How White Bear Township is protecting your drinking water source(s);
- Nearby threats to your drinking water sources;
- How easily water and pollution can move from the surface of the land into drinking water sources, based on natural geoloy and the way wells are constructed.
Find your source water assessment at Source Water Assessments or call 651-201-4700 or 1-800-818-9318 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Lead in Drinking Water
You may be in contact with lead through paint, water, dust, soil, food, hobbies, or your job. Coming in contact with lead can cause serious health problems for everyone. There is no safe level of lead. Babies, children under six years, and pregnant women are at the highest risk.
Lead is rarely in a drinking water source, but it can get in your drinking water as it passes through lead service lines and your household plumbing system. White Bear Township provides high quality drinking water, but it cannot control the plumbing materials used in private buildings.
Read below to learn how you can protect yourself from lead in drinking water.
- Let water run for 30-60 seconds before using it for drinking or cooking if the water has not been turned on in over six hours. If you have a lead service line, you may need to let the water run longer. A service line is the underground pipe that brings water from the main water pipe under the street to your home.
* You can find our if you have a lead service line by contacting the township or at Are your pipes made of lead.
- Use Cold water for drinking, making food, and making baby formula. Hot water releases more lead from the pipes than cold.
- Test your water. In most cases, letting the water run and using cold water for drinking and cooking should keep lead levels low in your drinking water, If you are still concerned about lead, arrange with a laboratory to test your tap water. Testing your water is important if young children or pregnant women drink your tap water.
- Contact a MDH accredited laboratory to get a sample container and instruction on how to submit a sample.
- Treat your water if a test shows your water has high levels of lead after you let the water run. Read about water treatment units.
- Visit Lead in Drinking Water (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/contaminants/lead.html#Protect
- Visit Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water (http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead
- Call the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1‑800‑426‑4791.To learn about how to reduce your contact with lead from sources other than your drinking water, visit Lead Poisoning Prevention: Common Sources (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/lead/sources.html).