Officials warn of elevated levels of manganese in South Salt Lake water

File photo of tap water. Source: USEPA Environmental Protection Agency

SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah, July 2, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — Officials are warning of elevated levels of manganese in the water in South Salt Lake.

“On June 29, elevated levels of manganese were discovered in the South Salt Lake drinking water system,” said a news release from the city. “The high levels were found at hydrant testing sites. This is not a violation of a regulation. There are no federal public health regulations for manganese in drinking water. This notice is being sent because the measured concentration of manganese is above the EPA’s Health Advisory Level.”

Manganese is a naturally occurring element found in many foods and is considered an essential nutrient for humans and animals because our bodies require it to function properly, the news release said.

Lab results tested on July 1 have already shown a significant decrease in the level of detected manganese. The highest level of manganese samples taken on July 1 was .8. Ongoing testing will continue and be made available to the public until the .3 advisory level is reached.

“Elevated manganese levels will not cause negative health effects for most people, but can be harmful to infants under six months of age,” the news release said. “It is recommended to avoid using tap water to prepare bottles or food for infants under six months of age until it is confirmed that manganese has been reduced to the advised level. Additionally, the elderly, and those with liver disease should not use tap water to prepare food.”

The news release added: “Of note, brown discoloration in our water is caused by high iron content, not manganese. High iron content does not cause adverse health impacts.”

If you are a South Salt Lake drinking water customer and in your household, you have an infant under six months of age, occupants with liver disease, or elderly occupants, bottled water is being made available at Fire Station 41 at 2600 South Main St. Residents may pick up one case per household.



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