Water Quality in Beaumont, California
What is the water quality in Beaumont?
Compared to other US cities near 50,000, Beaumont water quality ranks in the mid range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 25 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Hexavalent chromium is at particularly high levels: 201x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Beaumont water.
What’s in Beaumont water?
Here are the top 6 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are six of the 25 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
8 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Beaumont have Lead contamination?
No, Beaumont does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2016 through 2018 showed concentrations of 0.0 parts per billion.
The legal limit for lead is 15 parts per billion. Being well-below this level is a good thing.
Concentrations between 3.8 ppb and 15 ppb put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. Read more about the symptoms of Lead in water.
There is no safe level of lead for humans.
The good news is that 99.99% of the lead can be filtered out.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Beaumont’s water come from?
Beaumont’s water comes from Potrero Creek.
No waterbodies in the Potrero Creek watershed have been assessed by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).
Ideally, all water sources for human populations would assessed and be rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Beaumont’s water.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway here
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Beaumont, California 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.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 90% of contaminants in Beaumont drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Beaumont water.
- Brita can filter 13 contaminants and Lead depending on the filter.
- Note: We may receive a commission if you decide to purchase filters through links on this page.
- To filter out 22 of the 25 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but may require fewer filter changes over time.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
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: https://beaumontca.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.