Midwest City, Oklahoma
What is the Water Quality in Midwest City, Oklahoma?
Compared to other US cities, Midwest City water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 26 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at extremely high levels: 36x health guidelines.
- Radium is at very high levels: 17x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Midwest City water.
What’s in Midwest City 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
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 26 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
11 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Midwest City have Lead contamination?
No, Midwest City does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2019 showed concentrations of 0.0 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 Midwest City’s water come from?
Midwest City’s water comes from the Crutcho Creek watershed.
All 12 water sources in the Crutcho Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Crutcho Creek – Multiple sections
- Kuhlman Creek
- Soldier Creek
- Taxiway Branch
- West Ramp Branch
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 Midwest City’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Midwest City 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.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 86% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 23 of the 26 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your house.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chlorite – risk of change in blood chemistry
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – common byproducts of chlorine treatment linked to cancer.
- Molybdenum – Industrial chemical
- Total trihalomethanes – common byproducts of chlorine treatment linked to cancer.
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.midwestcityok.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.