Carson City, Nevada

Carson City, Nevada Carson City, Nevada

Water Quality in Carson City, Nevada

Watershed: Eagle Valley – Carson River

What is the water quality like in Carson City, NV?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Carson City 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. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Uranium – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 31 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (

14 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 Carson City’s water come from?

Carson City’s water comes from the Eagle Valley – Carson River watershed.

4 of the 7 water sources in the Eagle Valley – Carson River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Carson River at Dayton Bridge
  • Carson River near New Empire

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Ash Canyon, Ash Canyon Tributary, and Kings Canyon Creek (North Fork) are all in Good condition.

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Carson City’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 25 of the 31 contaminants in your drinking water (80.6%).
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Carson City water.
    • Brita can filter 13 (including 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 28 of the 31 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:
      • Arsenic
      • Barium
      • Chloroform
      • Chromium (hexavalent)
      • Fluoride
      • Hexachlorocyclopentadiene – found in pesticides, flame retardants, and dyes
      • Methyl ethyl ketone – industrial solvent
      • Nitrate
      • Nitrite
      • Selenium
      • Silver
      • Strontium

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.

Water Quality in Other Nevada Cities

Nevada Water Quality Page

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