Kalamazoo, Michigan

Kalamazoo, Michigan Kalamazoo, Michigan

Water Quality in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Watershed: Portage Creek

What is the water quality like in Kalamazoo, MI?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Kalamazoo 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. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Vinyl chlorideOver Legal Limit

These are five of the 16 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

6 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 Kalamazoo’s water come from?

Kalamazoo’s water comes from the Portage Creek watershed.

All 5 EPA assessed water sources in the Portage Creek watershed are in Impaired condition.

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 Kalamazoo’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:

*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.kalamazoocity.org/government to find contact information for your local officials.

Water Quality in Other Michigan Cities

Michigan Water Quality Page

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