Baytown, Texas

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Water Quality in Baytown, Texas

Watershed: Goose Creek – Frontal Galveston Bay

What is the water quality like in Baytown, TX?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Baytown water.

What’s in your water?

Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 27 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

13 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.

Where does Baytown’s water come from?

Baytown’s water comes from the Goose Creek – Frontal Galveston Bay watershed.

9 of the 11 EPA assessed water sources in the Goose Creek – Frontal Galveston Bay watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:

  • Barbours Cut
  • Black Duck Bay
  • Burnet Bay
  • Crystal Bay
  • Houston Ship Channel
  • San Jacinto Bay
  • Scott Bay
  • Tabbs Bay

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Two sections of Goose Creek are in Good condition.

Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Aquatic Life
  3. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  4. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Baytown’s water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality can be surprising.

But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.

In Your Household:

*Chlorination is an effective method of disinfecting/treating drinking water. You can then use a water filter to reduce the effects of chlorination byproducts to get the safest, cleanest water possible.

In Your Community:

Contact your local government officials and put pressure on them to invest in cleaner waterways and upgraded city water filtration and treatment.

Go to: http://www.baytown.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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