Long Beach, California

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Water Quality in Long Beach, California

Watershed: San Pedro Bay

What is the water quality like in Long Beach, CA?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Long Beach water.

What’s in Long Beach 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. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 25 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 Long Beach’s water come from?

Long Beach’s water comes from the San Pedro Bay watershed.

All 8 EPA assessed water sources in the San Pedro Bay watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Cabrillo Beach
  • Downtown Shoreline Marina
  • Long Beach City Beach
  • Los Angeles Harbor – Cabrillo Marina and Inner Cabrillo Beach Area
  • Los Angeles River Estuary
  • Los Angeles/Long Beach Inner Harbor
  • Point Fermin Park Beach

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 Long Beach’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:

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 23 of the 25 contaminants in your drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Long Beach water.
    • Brita can filter 14 contaminants (and 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 22 of the 25 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.
    • These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
      • Aluminum
      • Arsenic – health effects in water
      • Barium – In low doses, barium ions act as a muscle stimulant, and higher doses affect the nervous system, causing cardiac irregularities, tremors, weakness, anxiety, shortness of breath, and paralysis.
      • Bromodichloromethane – health risks in drinking water
      • Bromoform
      • Chloroform – side effects
      • Dibromoacetic acid
      • Dibromochloromethane
      • Dichloroacetic acid
      • Fluoride
      • Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
      • Hexavalent chromium – health effects
      • Molybdenum
      • Monobromoacetic acid
      • Monochloroacetic acid
      • Strontium
      • Toluene
      • Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
      • Trichloroacetic acid
      • Uranium
      • Xylenes – Hearing disorders have been linked to xylene exposure.

*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.longbeach.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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