Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
What is the Water Quality in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida?
Compared to other US cities, Palm Beach Gardens water quality ranks in the lower range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 14 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at very high levels: 43x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at very high levels: 38x 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 Palm Beach Gardens water.
What’s in Palm Beach Gardens water?
Here are the top 4 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are four of the 14 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 4 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Palm Beach Gardens have Lead contamination?
Yes, Palm Beach Gardens has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2018 showed concentrations up to 3.3 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 Palm Beach Gardens’ water come from?
Palm Beach Gardens’ water comes from the Lake Mangonia watershed.
There are no assessed water sources in the Lake Mangonia 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 Palm Beach Gardens’ water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Palm Beach Gardens 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 83% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 11 of the 14 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your home.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9)
- 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: http://www.pbgfl.com/ to find contact information for your local officials.