What is the Water Quality in Paramount, California?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Paramount water quality ranks in the middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 27 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 1,195x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Paramount water.
What’s in Paramount water?
Here are the top 7 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- 1,4-Dioxane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are seven of the 27 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
12 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Paramount have Lead contamination?
No, Paramount does not currently have lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2014 through 2016 showed concentrations of 0.0 parts per billion.
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 Paramount’s water come from?
Paramount’s water comes from the Compton Creek – Los Angeles River watershed.
All 4 water sources in the Compton Creek – Los Angeles River watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:
- Compton Creek
- Los Angeles River Estuary (Queensway Bay), Los Angeles River Reach 1 (Estuary to Carson Street), and Los Angeles River Reach 2 (Carson to Figueroa Street)
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Paramount’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Paramount can be surprising and downright scary.
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 85.2% of contaminants in your drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
- To filter out 24 of the 27 contaminants in your whole house, consider a reverse osmosis water filtration system for your home.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – chlorine treatment byproducts
- Total trihalomethanes – chlorine treatment byproducts
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://www.paramountcity.com/government to find contact information for your local officials.