Niagara Falls, New York

Niagara Falls, New York Niagara Falls, New York

Water Quality in Niagara Falls, New York

What is the water quality in Niagara Falls?

Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Niagara Falls water quality ranks in the low-mid range for contamination.

Most of their 23 contaminants (minimum) are related to water treatment and have cancer-causing attributes.

Others, like Radium and Nitrates, can be naturally occurring or side effects of industrial activity: runoff, pesticides, etc.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Niagara Falls water.

What’s in Niagara Falls water?

Here are the top 6 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. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  6. Trichloroacetic acid – Potential effect: Cancer

These are six of the 23 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (

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

Does Niagara Falls have Lead contamination?

Yes, it does. 90 percent of lead samples collected in Niagara Falls had concentrations up to 10.0 parts per billion.

The legal limit is 15 parts per billion. There is no safe level of lead for humans.

See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.

Where does Niagara Fall’s water come from?

Niagara Falls (city) water comes from water sources in the Niagara Falls – Niagara River watershed.

1 out of 7 waterbodies in the Niagara Falls – Niagara River watershed is in Good condition. This is the Grand Island waterbody.

The remaining 6 waterbodies are either Impaired (6) or in Unknown Condition (1).

Impaired waterbodies:

  • Hyde Park Lake
  • Lower Niagara River – Main Stem
  • Upper Niagara River – Main Stem
  • Gill Creek and tributaries
  • Chippewa (West) Channel

Learn more from How’s My Waterway here

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Niagara Falls can be surprising.

But there’s no reason to lose hope. There are things you can do in your household as well as things you can do at a community level.

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

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 20 of the 23 contaminants (87%) in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of lead in Niagara Falls Water.
    • Brita can filter 12 (including Lead depending on the filter).
    • Note: We may receive a commission if you purchase a filter via a link on this page.
  • To filter out all 23 of the contaminants (100%), consider a whole house water filtration system for your home.
    • These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are more effective.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out the heavy hitters like:
      • Chromium (hexavalent)
      • Nitrate
      • Radium
      • Strontium
      • Uranium

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: to find contact information for your local officials.

Water Quality in Other New York Cities

New York Water Quality Page

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