Water Quality in Goodyear, Arizona
Watershed: Town of Litchfield Park
What is the water quality like in Goodyear, AZ?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Goodyear water.
What’s in Goodyear water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer. Very High Levels: just 34.7% below the Legal Limit.
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 18 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
7 of these 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 Goodyear’s water come from?
Goodyear’s water comes from the Town of Litchfield Park watershed.
There are no EPA assessed water sources in the Town of Litchfield Park watershed. The majority of Arizona has a dry desert landscape. Reliable water sources that can support large populations are scarce.
Ideally, a water source would be Known, Assessed, and rated 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 Goodyear’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 14 of the 18 contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out almost all 18 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
- Chromium (total)
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Hexavalent chromium – health effects
- Trichloroethylene – toxic effects in the liver and kidneys
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
- Xylenes – Health and safety. Hearing disorders have been linked to xylene exposure.
*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.goodyearaz.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.