Grand Island, Nebraska

Grand Island, Nebraska Grand Island, Nebraska

Water Quality in Grand Island, Nebraska

Watershed: Eagles Lake – Wood River

What is the water quality like in Grand Island, NE?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in your 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. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Bromoform – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 24 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

11 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 Grand Island’s water come from?

Grand Island’s water comes from the Eagles Lake – Wood River watershed.

All 6 water sources in the Eagles Lake – Wood River watershed is are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Wood River
  • Grand Island – L.E. Ray Lake
  • Grand Island – Suchs Lake

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Grand Island’s water.

Learn more from How’s My Waterway here

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality can be surprising and downright scary.

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 19 of the 24 contaminants (79.2%) in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Grand Island 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 21 of the 24 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)
      • 1,4-Dioxane
      • Molybdenum
      • Strontium
      • Nitrate

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.grand-island.com/government to find contact information for your local officials.

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