Cedar Park, Texas
What is the Water Quality in Cedar Park, Texas?
Compared to other US cities, Cedar Park water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 20 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at very high levels: 44x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 180x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 625x health guidelines.
- These are both byproducts of the chlorine treatment process most water supplies go through.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Cedar Park water.
What’s in Cedar Park water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloroacetic acid
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 20 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
11 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Cedar Park water have Lead contamination?
Yes, Cedar Park has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2017 showed concentrations up to 1.8 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 removed.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Cedar Park’s water come from?
Cedar Park’s water comes from the South Brushy Creek – Brushy Creek watershed.
Both EPA assessed water sources in the South Brushy Creek – Brushy Creek watershed are in Unknown condition. These are Brushy Creek above South Brushy Creek and South Brushy Creek.
Ideally, a water source would be Known and 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 Cedar Park’s water.
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Cedar Park 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 Cedar Park’s drinking water.
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Cedar Park water.
- Brita can filter 12 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 18 of the 20 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Barium – health risks in water
- Bromochloroacetic acid
- Bromodichloromethane – health risks in drinking water
- Chloroform – side effects
- Cyanide – exposure limits
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
- Trichloroacetic acid
*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.cedarparktexas.gov/government to find contact information for your local officials.