Rochester Hills, Michigan

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Water Quality in Rochester Hills, Michigan

Watershed: Galloway Creek – Clinton River

What is the water quality like in Rochester Hills, MI?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Rochester Hills water.

What’s in your water?

Here are the top 3 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are three of the 5 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

These 3 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 Rochester Hills’ water come from?

Rochester Hills’ water comes from the Galloway Creek – Clinton River watershed.

All 3 EPA assessed water sources in the Galloway Creek – Clinton River watershed are in Impaired condition.

These include multiple Rivers and Streams in the watershed. They are labeled as HUC 040900030111 and similar. (HUC stands for Hydrologic Unit Code, hydrologic meaning it deals with the properties, distribution, and circulation of water. )

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.

Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Aquatic Life
  3. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  4. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Rochester Hills’ 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 ALL 5 contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Rochester Hills water.
    • Brita can filter 2 (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 All 5 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.

*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.rochesterhills.org/government/index.php to find contact information for your local officials.

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