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Groundwater is pumped from 8 deep wells, ranging from 320 to 350 feet deep. The groundwater is located in the Ironton-Galesville aquifer. Ramsey has the capacity to pump over 10.5 million gallons per day if needed.
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Yes. Water stored in water towers flows by gravity and does not require power. For the extended power outages Ramsey has its own power generator that can run the wells to pump 1 million gallons per day, enough for a limited temporary supply. Ramsey also has an interconnection with the City of Anoka which could be opened to receive water during an emergency.
Definitely. Ramsey's water meets all of the Environmental Protection Agency's health and aesthetic standards for safe drinking water.
Ramsey's water is classified as very hard with 15 to 17 grains per gallon. Water hardness is due principally to calcium and magnesium and water is generally harder in areas where calcium and magnesium rich limestone rocks are present. Ramsey pumps its water from aquifers in dolomite/limestone rock formation.
Yes. The groundwater naturally contains a small amount of fluoride. The Water Department then adds more fluoride to bring the total amount to the Minnesota Department of Health standards.
Remember that US bottled water is less regulated than municipal water and bottled water costs up to a 1,000 times more than Ramsey's water.
This is a personal decision. A water filter is not required for the municipal water in Ramsey to meet drinking water standards. If the water is not to your liking, then you may want to consider a home treatment unit. Most filters will remove the large chlorine ions, which is in the water to kill the harmful bacteria and fluoride ions, which strengthen teeth.
Ramsey has very hard water that may cause scale buildup on your fixtures, or spots on your dishes. If you are bothered by this a water softener should help. Soft water rinses off better, and you generally use less soap for your dishes and laundry.
Water pressure levels range from 55 (low) to 70 (high), with the average being 65.
On a scale of 1 to 14, the average Acid PH level is 7.
The iron content is 0.4 to 0.6 parts per million. Hardness is 15 to 17 grains per gallon.
Deposits of calcium and magnesium build up over time. These two minerals make up most of the hardness in your water. Hard water is not harmful.