Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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Water Quality in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Watershed: Monocacy Creek

What is the water quality like in Bethlehem, PA?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Bethlehem 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 13 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

8 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 Bethlehem’s water come from?

Bethlehem’s water comes from the Monocacy Creek watershed.

The majority of the 92 EPA assessed water sources in the Monocacy Creek watershed are in Impaired condition. This includes 58 sections of Monocacy Creek itself.

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 Bethlehem’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:

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 12 of the 13 contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Bethlehem water.
    • Brita can filter 9 (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 All 13 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.

*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: https://www.bethlehem-pa.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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