What is the Water Quality in Chicopee, Massachusetts?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Chicopee water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 21 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at extremely high levels: 97x health guidelines.
- Radium is at high levels: 18x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Chicopee water.
What’s in Chicopee water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 21 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
9 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Chicopee have Lead contamination?
No, Chicopee does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2016 through 2018 showed concentrations of 0.0 parts per billion.
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 Chicopee’s water come from?
Chicopee’s water comes from the Outlet Chicopee River watershed.
15 of the 20 water sources in the Outlet Chicopee River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Abbey Brook – Impaired
- Chicopee River – Multiple sections impaired
- Fuller Brook – Impaired
- Lake Lorraine – Impaired
- Long Pond – Impaired
- Minechoag Pond – Impaired
- Mona Lake – Impaired
- Spectacle Pond – Impaired
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. These four sources are in good condition:
- Calkins Brook
- Chicopee Reservoir
- Chicopee River – one section
- Cooley Brook
- Higher Brook
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Chicopee’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Chicopee 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.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 82.4% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 19 of the 21 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair 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:
- Chromium (total)
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://chicopeema.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.