Water Quality in Bellevue, Nebraska
Watershed: Mud Creek – Papillion Creek
What is the water quality like in Bellevue, NE?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in your water.
What’s in your water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Bromochloroacetic acid
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 25 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 Bellevue’s water come from?
Bellevue’s water comes from the Mud Creek – Papillion Creek watershed.
The only water source in the Mud Creek – Papillion Creek watershed is in Impaired condition:
- Papillion Creek
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Bellevue’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising and downright scary.
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:
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 19 of the 25 contaminants in your drinking water (76%).
- To filter out 23 of the 25 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
- 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://bellevue.net/home to find contact information for your local officials.