Water Quality in Fishers, Indiana
What is the water quality in Fishers?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Fishers water quality ranks in the mid range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 21 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Arsenic is at very high levels: 75x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Fishers water.
What’s in Fishers water?
Here are the top 7 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are seven of the 21 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
8 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Fishers have Lead contamination?
Yes, Fishers has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 3.8 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 Fishers’ water come from?
Fishers’ water comes from the Vestal Ditch – White River watershed.
18 of the 22 EPA assessed water sources in the Vestal Ditch – White River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Delight Ditch
- Ingerman Ditch – two segments
- Light Branch
- Mitchner Ditch
- Overdorf Branch
- Shoemaker Ditch
- Vestal Ditch – one segment
- White River – 10 segments running from north of Noblesville down to Fishers.
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Kirkendall Creek, Mallory Granger Ditch, and two segments of Vestal Ditch are 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 Fishers’ water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Fishers can be surprising.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 89.5% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 19 of the 21 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:
- Arsenic – health risks
- Barium – health risks in water
- Bromodichloromethane – health risks in drinking water
- Chloroform – side effects
- Chromium (total)
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Hexavalent chromium – health effects
- Selenium – health risks
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
*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: http://www.fishers.in.us/ to find contact information for your local officials.