Water Quality in Quincy, Massachusetts
Watershed: Monatiquot River – Frontal Quincy Bay
What is the water quality like in Quincy, MA?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Quincy water.
What’s in Quincy water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 18 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
8 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Quincy’s water come from?
Quincy’s water comes from the Monatiquot River – Frontal Quincy Bay watershed.
18 of the 19 EPA assessed water sources in the Monatiquot River – Frontal Quincy Bay watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Boston Harbor
- Cochato River
- Cranberry Brook
- Farm River
- Furnace Brook
- Hingham Bay – two segments
- Lake Holbrook
- Mary Lee Brook
- Monatiquot River
- Old Quincy Reservoir
- Quincy bay
- Sunset Lake
- Sylvan Lake
- Town Brook
- Town River Bay
- Trout Brook
- Weymouth Fore River
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Hoosicwhisick Pond is 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 Quincy’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality 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:
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 15 of the 18 contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 16 of the 18 contaminants, 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:
- Barium – health risks in water
- Bromodichloromethane – health risks in drinking water
- Chloroform – side effects
- Chromium (total)
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Monochloroacetic acid
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
- Trichloroacetic acid
*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: https://www.quincyma.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.