Is New York Water Safe to Drink?

Is New York City's Water Safe to Drink - WaterBadge

Based on guidelines for legal levels of contaminants, the answer would seem to be yes.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should drink it unfiltered.

You wouldn’t take a big drink of the East River, one of New York’s watersheds, without running it through a filtration system first.

Let’s dive deeper into New York’s tap water quality.

New York City Tap Water Contamination

New York City has a total of 16 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group, a consumer advocacy nonprofit.

9 of these 16 contaminants are rated as exceeding health guidelines.

They include things like Chloroform, Hexavalent chromium, and multiple byproducts of chlorination.

All 9 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 water filtration pitchers with activated carbon to filter out 9 of the 16 contaminants, or 56.3 percent, in your drinking water.

You may already have a good pitcher with activated carbon.

Find out and save money on replacement filters and new pitchers when you use the links on this page:

Filter Even More

To filter out 15 of the 16 contaminants, or 93.8 percent, consider a Reverse Osmosis 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 almost 94% 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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