Water Quality in Lakewood, Ohio
What is the water quality in Lakewood?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Lakewood water quality ranks in the mid range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 25 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Lakewood water.
What’s in your 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
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 25 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
13 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Lakewood have Lead contamination?
Yes, it does. Lead samples collected in Lakewood in 2019 had concentrations up to 55.1 parts per billion.
This is dangerously high: The legal limit is 15 parts per billion.
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 for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Lakewood’s water come from?
Lakewood water comes from the Cahoon Creek – Frontal Lake Erie watershed.
The Cahoon Creek – Frontal Lake Erie watershed is in Impaired condition.
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Lakewood’s water.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway here
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Lakewood, Ohio 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.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 17 of the 25 contaminants (68%) in your drinking water.
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of lead in Lakewood water.
- Brita can filter 13 (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 20 of the 25 contaminants (80%), 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 (total)
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.onelakewood.com/ to find contact information for your local officials.