What is the Water Quality in Elyria, Ohio?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Elyria water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 24 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 438x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Elyria water.
What’s in Elyria 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
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 24 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
12 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Elyria have Lead contamination?
Yes, Elyria has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2019 showed concentrations up to 12.0 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 filtered out.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Elyria’s water come from?
Elyria’s water comes from the Jackson Ditch – East Branch Black River watershed.
The Jackson Ditch – East Branch Black River watershed is in Impaired condition.
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Elyria’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Elyria can be surprising and downright scary.
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 85.7% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 21 of the 24 contaminants, consider a whole house water filtration system for your home.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Atrazine – Harm to developing fetus
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Haloacetic acids – HAA5 and HAA9
- Simazine – partially water soluble herbicide
- Total trihalomethanes
- Trichloroacetic acid
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.cityofelyria.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.