Crown Point, Indiana

Crown Point, Indiana

What is the Water Quality in Crown Point, Indiana?

Compared to other US cities, Crown Point water quality ranks in the high range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 13 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 114x health guidelines.
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 372x health guidelines.
    • HAA5 and HAA9 are byproducts of chlorine treatment, a common method of disinfecting water supplies. They can be removed with an activated carbon filter. See recommendations below.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Crown Point water.

What’s in Crown Point water?

Here are the top 4 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

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

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

6 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

Does Crown Point have Lead contamination?

No, Crown Point 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 Crown Point’s water come from?

Crown Point’s water comes from the Headwaters of Main Beaver Dam Ditch watershed.

All 8 EPA assessed water sources in the Headwaters of Main Beaver Dam Ditch watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Fancher Lake
  • Hermit Lake
  • 6 sections of Beaver Dam Ditch and its tributaries

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:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Aquatic Life
  3. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  4. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Crown Point’s water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Crown Point 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 85% of the contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of any Lead in Crown Point water.
    • Brita can filter 5 of 13 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 All 13 contaminants (100%), consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your house.
    • These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:2

*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.crownpoint.in.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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