What is the Water Quality in Enid, Oklahoma?
Compared to other US cities, Enid water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination.
Most of their 26 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 631x health guidelines.
- Radium is at very high levels: 16x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Enid water.
What’s in Enid water?
Here are the top 6 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Bromoform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are six of the 26 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
17 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Enid have Lead contamination?
No, Enid does not currently have lead in its water supply. 90 percent of lead samples collected in Enid from 2016 to 2018 had 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 removed.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Enid’s water come from?
Enid’s water comes from the Boggy Creek watershed.
All waterbodies in the Boggy Creek watershed are in Unknown condition.
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Enid’s water.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway here
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Enid, Oklahoma 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 expensive 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 at least 81.8% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Enid water.
- Brita can filter 12 (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 23 of the 26 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but may require fewer filter changes over time.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent) – Not possible with an activated carbon filter (Brita/Pur).
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.enid.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.