Magnesium does not pose a health risk to humans. In fact, calcium and magnesium in your drinking water can help ensure you get the average daily requirements for these minerals in your diet.
Calcium and magnesium are commonly referred to as "hardness" in water. Hard water can cause mineral buildup on plumbing pipes and fixtures that can lead to lower water pressure and lower efficiency of electric water heaters; can cause build-up of deposits on dishes, utensils and laundry basins; and can cause soaps and detergents to perform poorly. It can also affect the taste of the water making drinks like coffee taste bitter.
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Magnesium levels were detected in your water sample. There is currently no health-based standard for magnesium in drinking water. It is recommended that the hardness level of your water be evaluated to determine if the action should be considered.
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality
- USEPA - Water: Drinking Water Contaminants - Secondary Drinking Water Regulations: Guidance for Nuisance Chemicals
- Water Systems Council - wellcare® information for you about Hardness in Drinking Water