What is the Water Quality in Herriman, Utah?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Herriman water quality ranks in the high range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 28 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 650x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Herriman water.
What’s in Herriman water?
Here are the top 8 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
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
These are eight of the 28 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
15 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Herriman have Lead contamination?
Yes, Herriman has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 3.7 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 Herriman’s water come from?
Herriman’s water comes from the Butterfield Creek watershed.
There are no current water sources in Butterfield Creek watershed. It’s very dry.
Ideally, a water source would be present, known, and rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Herriman’s water.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway here
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Herriman can be surprising and downright scary.
But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your home as well as things you can do at a community level.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 73.3% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 25 of the 28 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)
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.herriman.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.