Boynton Beach, Florida
What is the Water Quality in Boynton Beach, Florida?
Compared to other US cities, Boynton Beach water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 17 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Arsenic is at very high levels: 50x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 188x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 381x health guidelines.
- These are both byproducts of the chlorine treatment process most water supplies go through.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Boynton Beach water.
What’s in Boynton Beach water?
Here are the top 4 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Chlorate – Potential effect: Harm to the thyroid
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are four of the 17 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 6 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Boynton Beach water have Lead contamination?
Yes, Boynton Beach has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2018 showed concentrations up to 3.6 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 Boynton Beach’s water come from?
Boynton Beach’s water comes from the Lake Worth Inlet – Boynton Inlet Frontal watershed.
All 4 EPA assessed water sources in the Lake Worth Inlet – Boynton Inlet Frontal watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:
- Intracoastal Waterway above Pompano
- Lake Worth Lagoon – Northern, Central, and Southern segments
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:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Boynton Beach’s water.
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Boynton Beach 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 some 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 Boynton Beach’s drinking water.
- To filter out 12 of the 15 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be 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:
Even a reverse osmosis filter won’t remove Chlorate from your drinking water. Citywide action at the government level is necessary to make that change.
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.boynton-beach.org/government to find contact information for your local officials.