Pembroke Pines, Florida
What is the Water Quality in Pembroke Pines, Florida?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Pembroke Pines water quality ranks in the low (but still not safe) range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 17 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Arsenic is at very high levels: 138x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Pembroke Pines water.
What’s in Pembroke Pines water?
Here are the top 4 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are four of the 17 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
5 of the total contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Pembroke Pines have Lead contamination?
Yes, Pembroke Pines has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2018 showed concentrations up to 2.0 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 Pembroke Pines’ water come from?
Pembroke Pines’ water comes from the Royal Glades Canal watershed.
There are no EPA assessed water sources in the Royal Glades Canal watershed.
Ideally, a water source would be Known, Assessed, and rated 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 Pembroke Pines’ water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Pembroke Pines 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 73.3% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Pembroke Pines water.
- Brita can filter 4 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 13 of the 17 contaminants (76.4%), consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Arsenic – health risks
- Barium – health risks in water
- Chromium (total)
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Hexavalent chromium – health effects
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
*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.ppines.com/ to find contact information for your local officials.