Laguna Niguel, California
What is the Water Quality in Laguna Niguel, California?
Compared to other US cities, Laguna Niguel water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 17 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at very high levels: 22x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 163x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 227x health guidelines.
- These are both byproducts of the chlorine treatment process most water supplies go through.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Laguna Niguel water.
What’s in Laguna Niguel water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Dichloroacetic acid – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 17 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
11 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Laguna Niguel have Lead contamination?
Yes, Laguna Niguel has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2016 through 2018 showed concentrations up to 2.3 parts per billion (ppb).
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 removed.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Laguna Niguel’s water come from?
Laguna Niguel’s water comes from the Aliso Creek watershed.
All 4 water sources in the Aliso Creek watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:
- Aliso Creek
- English Canyon
- Wood Canyon
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:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Laguna Niguel’s water.
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Laguna Niguel can be surprising.
But there are things you can do in your home to clean up your water.
To Remove Lead and Other Contaminants In Your Home:
There is one solution that beats Brita, PUR, and expensive whole house systems.
- It costs less per gallon.
- Needs fewer filter changes.
- And it doesn’t make your water taste weird.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 90% of contaminants in your drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
- To filter out 14 of the 17 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.
*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: http://cityoflagunaniguel.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.