What is the Water Quality in Margate, Florida?
Compared to other US cities, Margate water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 16 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Arsenic is at high levels: 38x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 177x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 226x health guidelines.
- HAA5 and HAA9 are byproducts of chlorine treatment, a common method of disinfecting water supplies.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Margate water.
What’s in Margate water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 16 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 5 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Margate have Lead contamination?
Yes, Margate has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 5.2 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 filtered out.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Margate’s water come from?
Margate’s water comes from the Cypress Creek Canal watershed.
There are no assessed water sources in the Cypress Creek Canal watershed.
Ideally, a water source would be Known and rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Margate’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Margate can be surprising and downright scary.
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.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 60% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 13 of the 16 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your home.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9)
- Hexavalent chromium
- Total trihalomethanes
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.margatefl.com/ to find contact information for your local officials.