Gary, Indiana

Gary, Indiana Gary, Indiana

Water Quality in Gary, Indiana

Watershed: Headwaters Grand Calumet River

What is the water quality like in Gary, IN?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Gary water.

What’s in your water?

Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Nitrate and Nitrite – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 10 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

These 5 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.

Where does Gary’s water come from?

Gary’s water comes from the Headwaters Grand Calumet River watershed.

All 4 of the EPA assessed water sources in the Headwaters Grand Calumet River watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:

  • Four sections of the Grand Calumet River

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 Gary’s water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality 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.

In Your Household:

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 6 of the 10 contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Gary water.
    • Brita can filter 3 (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 10 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:

*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://gary.gov/government/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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