How Bad is Philadelphia’s Water Quality?

Philadelphia Water Quality - WaterBadge

Philadelphia water has 22 contaminants, making the water quality not as bad as many larger cities, but not nearly safe enough.

We wouldn’t recommend taking a drink directly from the Delaware River without running it through a filtration system first.

Now let’s dive deeper into Philadelphia water quality.

Contaminants in Philly’s Water

Philadelphia has a total of 22 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocacy nonprofit.

7 of these 22 contaminants are rated as exceeding health guidelines.

They include things like Chloroform, Cyanide, and Testosterone.

Most of the 22 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 15 of the 22 contaminants, or 68.2 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

Filter Even More

To filter out 21 of the 22 contaminants, or 95.5 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 95.5% 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.

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