Manhattan, Kansas

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What is the Water Quality in Manhattan, Kansas?

Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Manhattan water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 26 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 600x health guidelines.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Manhattan water.

What’s in Manhattan 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. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Radium – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 26 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

13 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

Does Manhattan, Kansas have Lead contamination?

No, Manhattan does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations of 0.0 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 Manhattan’s water come from?

Manhattan’s water comes from the Eureka Lake – Kansas River watershed.

3 of the 4 water sources in the Eureka Lake – Kansas River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Kansas River – three sections

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Mcdowell Creek is in good condition.

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Manhattan’s water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Manhattan can be surprising.

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.

In Your Home:
Take Control of Your Water with Berkey Filters

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 92% of contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Manhattan water.
    • Brita can filter 13 of the 26 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 23 of the 26 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your home.
    • These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
      • Arsenic
      • Bromodichloromethane
      • Chloroform
      • Chromium (hexavalent)
      • Fluoride
      • Nitrate
      • Radium
      • Selenium
      • Strontium

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://cityofmhk.com/ to find contact information for your local officials.

Water Quality in Other Kansas Cities

Kansas Water Quality Page

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