Bellflower, California

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What is the Water Quality in Bellflower, California?

Compared to other US cities, Bellflower water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of the 20 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 736x health guidelines.
  • PFOA is at very high levels: 62x health guidelines.
  • PFOS is at high levels: 2.8x health guidelines.
    • These PFAS chemicals are considered “forever chemicals” by the EPA and are being studied extensively.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Bellflower water.

What’s in Bellflower water?

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

  1. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Uranium – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 25 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (

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

Does Bellflower water have Lead contamination?

No, Bellflower does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations of 0.0 parts per billion (ppb).

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 removed.

See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.

Where does Bellflower’s water come from?

Bellflower’s water comes from the Alamitos Bay watershed.

All 4 EPA assessed water sources in the Alamitos Bay watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Alamitos Bay – Impaired
  • Colorado Lagoon – Impaired
  • Los Cerritos Channel – Impaired
  • Los Cerritos Estuary – Unknown

Ideally, a water source would be rated 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 Bellflower’s water.

What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Bellflower can be surprising.

But there are things you can do in your home to clean up your water.

To Remove Lead and Other Contaminants In Your Home:

There is one solution that beats Brita, PUR, and expensive whole house systems.

  • It costs less per gallon.
  • Needs fewer filter changes.
  • And it doesn’t make your water taste weird.

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out the majority of contaminants in your 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 Bellflower water.
    • Brita can filter 11 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 for your home.

*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: to find contact information for your local officials.

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