Queen Creek, Arizona

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Water Quality in Queen Creek, Arizona

What is the water quality in Queen Creek?

Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Queen Creek water quality ranks in the low-mid range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 18 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Arsenic is at particularly high levels: 750x health guidelines.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Queen Creek water.

What’s in Queen Creek water?

Here are the top 7 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Nitrate and nitrite – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
  6. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
  7. Uranium – Potential effect: Cancer

These are seven of the 18 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

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

Does Queen Creek have Lead contamination?

Yes, Queen Creek has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2014 through 2016 showed concentrations up to 1.4 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 for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.

Where does Queen Creek’s water come from?

Queen Creek’s water comes from the Middle Queen Creek watershed.

The Middle Queen Creek watershed from Potts Canyon to Witlow Canyon is in Impaired condition.

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Queen Creek’s water.

Learn more from How’s My Waterway here

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Queen Creek 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 at least 85.7% of contaminants in Queen Creek drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Queen Creek water.
    • Brita can filter 4 contaminats 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 16 of the 18 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
    • These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but may require fewer filter changes over time.
    • They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
      • Arsenic
      • Barium
      • Chromium (hexavalent)
      • Germanium
      • Molybdenum
      • Nitrate
      • Nitrite
      • 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: https://www.queencreek.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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