Bonita Springs, Florida

Bonita Springs, Florida Bonita Springs, Florida

What is the Water Quality in Bonita Springs, Florida?

Compared to other US cities, Bonita Springs water quality ranks in the lower range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 13 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 75x health guidelines.
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 168x health guidelines.
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 966x health guidelines.
    • HAA5 and HAA9 are byproducts of chlorine treatment, a common method of disinfecting water supplies.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Bonita Springs water.

What’s in Bonita Springs water?

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

  1. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Haloacetic acids (HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 13 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

These 5 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

Does Bonita Springs have Lead contamination?

Yes, Bonita Springs has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2017 showed concentrations up to 3.8 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 filtered out.

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

Where does Bonita Springs’ water come from?

Bonita Springs’ water comes from the West Cocohatchee River watershed.

16 of the 17 water sources in the West Cocohatchee River watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:

  • Camp Keais
  • Cocohatchee (River, Swamp, and Golf Course Discharge)
  • Corkscrew Swamp
  • Cow Slough
  • Estero Bay
  • Immokalee Basin
  • Imperial River
  • Lake Trafford
  • North Gold Gate
  • Oak Creek
  • Spring Creek

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Wiggins Pass North is in Good condition.

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

  1. Aquatic Life
  2. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  3. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Bonita Springs’ water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Bonita Springs can be surprising.

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

In Your Home:
Take Control of Your Water with Berkey Filters

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 80% of contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Bonita Springs water.
      • They will also remove Arsenic, HAA5, and HAA9.
    • Brita can filter 3 of 13 contaminants and Lead depending on the filter.
      • Will not remove Arsenic.
    • Note: We may receive a commission if you decide to purchase filters through links on this page.
  • To filter out 11 of the 13 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your home.
    • These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:

*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.cityofbonitasprings.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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