Water Quality in Saginaw, Michigan
What is the water quality in Saginaw?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Saginaw water quality ranks in the fairly low range for contamination.
Most of their 15 contaminants are related to water treatment and have cancer-causing attributes.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Saginaw water.
What’s in Saginaw water?
Here are the 4 main chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) – Potential effect: Cancer
These are 4 of the 15 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
10 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Saginaw have Lead contamination?
Yes, it does. 90 percent of lead samples collected in Saginaw had concentrations up to 10.0 parts per billion.
The legal limit is 15 parts per billion. There is no safe level of lead for humans.
See the What Can You Do? section below for all of the contaminants you can filter out and how to do it.
Where does Saginaw’s water come from?
Saginaw (city) water comes from water sources in the Crow Island – Saginaw River watershed.
1 out of 2 waterbodies in the Crow Island – Saginaw River watershed is in Good condition.
The other waterbody is listed as impaired.
- Rivers/Streams in HUC 040802060201
Learn more from How’s My Waterway here
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Saginaw, Michigan can be surprising.
However, there are things you can do in your household and at the community level to continue to improve and protect water quality.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out 80% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of lead in Saginaw water.
- Brita can filter 60% (including 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 93% of contaminants, consider a whole house water filtration system for your home.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but may require fewer filter changes over time.
- They have the benefit of filtering out the heavy hitters like:
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
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.saginaw-mi.com/government/ to find contact information for your local officials.