New Britain, Connecticut
What is the Water Quality in New Britain, Connecticut?
Compared to other US cities, New Britain water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 22 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at very high levels: 84x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 200x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 231x health guidelines.
- These are both byproducts of the chlorine treatment process most water supplies go through.
Let’s look closer at what’s in New Britain water.
What’s in New Britain water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in New Britain water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Dibromochloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 22 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
8 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does New Britain have Lead contamination?
No, New Britain does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2018 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 removed.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does New Britain’s water come from?
New Britain’s water comes from the Piper Brook – Park River watershed.
Six of the eight EPA assessed water sources in the Piper Brook – Park River watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:
- Batterson Park Pond
- Park River
- Piper Brook – two sections
- South Branch Park River – two sections
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Bass Brook and Mill Pond are in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve New Britain’s water.
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in New Britain 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 some whole house systems.
- It costs less per gallon.
- Needs fewer filter changes.
- And it doesn’t make your water taste weird.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 80% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 19 of the 22 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective at filtering out cancer-causing contaminants.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
*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: http://www.newbritainct.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.