Montebello, California

Montebello, California Montebello, California

What is the Water Quality in Montebello, California?

Compared to other US cities, Montebello water quality ranks in the high range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 33 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.

  • Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 98x health guidelines.
  • PFBS is at very high levels: 4.7x health guidelines.
  • PFHXS is at very high levels: 3.5x health guidelines.
  • PFOA is at extremely high levels: 1,446x health guidelines.
  • PFOS is at extremely high levels: 43x health guidelines.
    • These are all considered “forever chemicals” by the EPA and are being studied extensively.

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

What’s in Montebello 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. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Uranium – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 33 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

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

Does Montebello have Lead contamination?

Yes, Montebello has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 4.8 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 removed.

See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.

Where does Montebello’s water come from?

Montebello’s water comes from the Chavez Ravine – Los Angeles River watershed.

All 4 water sources in the Chavez Ravine – Los Angeles River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:

  • Belvedere Park Lake – Unknown
  • Hollenback Park Lake – Unknown
  • Lincoln Park Lake – Impaired
  • Los Angeles River Reach 2 (Carson to Figueroa Street) – Impaired

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 three uses:

  1. Aquatic Life
  2. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  3. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

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

What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Montebello can be surprising.

But there are things you can do in your home to clean up your water.

To Remove Lead and Other Contaminants In Your Home:

There is one solution that beats Brita, PUR, and expensive whole house systems.

  • It costs less per gallon.
  • Needs fewer filter changes.
  • And it doesn’t make your water taste weird.

Take Control of Your Water with Berkey Filters

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 87% of 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 Montebello water.
      • Berkey filters will also remove the forever chemicals mentioned above.
    • Brita can filter 18 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 30 of the 33 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:
      • 1,4-Dioxane – irritant of the eyes and respiratory tract. “Exposure may cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys.” (source)
      • Arsenic
      • Bromodichloromethane
      • Bromoform
      • Cobalt
      • Fluoride
      • Hexavalent chromium
      • Molybdenum
      • Nitrate
      • PFDA
      • PFHPA
      • PFHxA
      • PFNA
      • PFOA
      • PFOS
      • Strontium
      • Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
      • Uranium

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

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