Water Quality in Your City
How good is the water quality in your city?
Search for your city below to find out what contaminants are in your water.
Clean Water is Essential
Clean water is essential for the food we grow, what we drink, and the health of our communities.
It follows the old saying: “You get out what you put in.”
If you put polluted water into a system, everything that comes out of that system holds on to some of that pollution.
So what do you do?
Water Quality Reports
Here at WaterBadge our sole focus is providing information about water standards in communities around the United States.
We’ve found that this information can be overlooked or bypassed until an emergency occurs.
Better to be prepared than scrambling to catch up. Especially with something as essential as water.
To help with this, we’ve set up our reports in a specific format:
- Name of the city
- Water source
- Summary of the main/most prevalent chemicals in your water and their potential health effects
- A breakdown of the water sources in your watershed and their condition.
- A Conclusion laying out what to do in your home and as a community.
- Links to additional resources and information
- Recommendations for water filtration pitchers and whole house filtration systems.
Common Chemicals Found
The most common chemicals are byproducts of manufacturing and chlorination (disinfection).
Any community that is downstream of large factories has the potential to be affected by their pollution.
Here are 5 common chemicals we’ve found in communities across the United States:
- Bromodichloromethane – This is a byproduct of the chlorine disinfection process. It is found at high levels across the nation. It has potential cancerous effects.
- Chloroform – This is likely familiar to you as an old-fashioned anesthetic. It has the potential to cause cancer at high concentrations when ingested.
- Hexavalent chromium – Toxic and carcinogenic. You might remember this chemical from the film Erin Brockovich.
- Haloacetic acids – Undesirable byproduct of drinking water chlorination. Potential health effect: Cancer.
- Total trihalomethanes – Our first drinking water regulations addressed these (Safe Drinking Water Act – 1974)
We also cover Lead Contamination and how to remove it in any water supply.
Ready to See What’s In Your Water?
It’s as simple as searching for your city’s name in the search bar:
We’ll do the rest!
If you don’t see your city yet, we’re busy putting together reports every day. It will be available soon!
Water Information by State
Whether you live in the state or you’re thinking about moving there, you can check to see how good the water is in its cities.