Houston Water – Is It Safe?

Houston Water - Is it Safe - Houston Water Quality - WaterBadge

The short answer is no. And definitely not without a filter in place.

You wouldn’t take a drink directly from Buffalo Bayou without running it through a filtration system first.

Now let’s dive deeper into Houston water quality.

Houston Water Quality

Houston has a total of 46 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocacy nonprofit.

15 of these 46 contaminants are rated as exceeding health guidelines.

They include things like Arsenic, Chloroform, Radium, Uranium, and multiple byproducts of chlorination.

Most of the 15 contaminants pose a risk of Cancer if allowed to stay in your drinking water.

So, What Can You Do?

Information about water quality can be surprising and unsettling.

But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do today in your household to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

In Your Household:

Use Berkey water filters with activated carbon to filter out 37 of the 46 contaminants, or 80.4 percent, in your drinking water.

You may already have a decent pitcher with activated carbon.

Find out if you do and save money on new and replacement filters when you use the links at waterbadge.com/filters.

Filter Even More

To filter out 42 of the 46 contaminants, or 91.3 percent, consider a whole house water filtration system for your home.

A few things to note:

These filters are much more effective than water pitchers.

However, the initial cost is higher and they require installation.

To filter out 91.3% of contaminants, use our recommendations on the WaterBadge Filters page:


For a list of the contaminants that can be filtered out by a whole house system, go to:



You deserve to feel safe when you turn on your kitchen faucet.

At WaterBadge, our goal is to make that a reality.

To support this mission, we’ve partnered with companies that are dedicated to water filtration and safety.

When you purchase filters and systems through them, you’re also supporting WaterBadge’s mission of cleaner water for everyone.

Thanks for doing your part.

Want to learn more about water quality around the U.S.?

Search for your city on the home page: WaterBadge.com

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