What is the Water Quality in Revere, Massachusetts?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Revere water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 22 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Radium is at very high levels: 18x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Revere water.
What’s in Revere 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 (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 22 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
9 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Revere have Lead contamination?
Yes, Revere has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2018 showed concentrations up to 11.2 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 Revere’s water come from?
Revere’s water comes from the Outlet Saugus River – Frontal Broad Sound watershed.
All 27 water sources in the Outlet Saugus River – Frontal Broad Sound watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Belle Isle Inlet
- Bennetts Pond Brook
- Boston Inner Harbor
- Chelsea River
- First Pond
- Flax Pond
- Floating Bridge Pond
- Foster Pond
- Griswold Pond
- Lynn Harbor
- Mill Creek
- Nahant Bay
- Pines River
- Saugus River
- Shute Brook
- Sluice Pond
- Spring Pond
- Swains Pond
- Winthrop Bay
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 Revere’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Revere 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 83.3% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 20 of the 22 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- 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)
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.revere.org/government to find contact information for your local officials.