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Published May 03, 2011, 06:41 PM

Report: MN Drinking Water Generally Safe

The state Health Department on Tuesday released its most recent round of testing of community water systems.

By: Associated Press,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say most drinking water from municipal systems in the state is safe.

The state Health Department on Tuesday released its most recent round of testing of community water systems. The Health Department's Stew Thornley says the testing has yielded similar results since health officials first started the monitoring program in 1995.

One of the more common contaminants was coliform bacteria. Thornley says it's more likely to show up in smaller water systems.

He tells Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/keVmKx ) that some of the smaller systems don't disinfect their water on a regular basis, while bigger water systems have the resources to disinfect more regularly.

Other contaminants found in some water systems included nitrates, arsenic and radium. Systems that test positive for contaminants must work to correct the problem.

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