What is the Water Quality in Sanford, Florida?
Compared to other US cities, Sanford water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 17 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Arsenic is at high levels: 6.7x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 114x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 505x health guidelines.
- These are both byproducts of the chlorine treatment process most water supplies go through.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Sanford water.
What’s in Sanford water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 17 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 5 contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Sanford have Lead contamination?
Yes, Sanford has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2017 showed concentrations up to 0.9 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 removed.
See the What Can You Do? section below to learn how to filter out contaminants.
Where does Sanford’s water come from?
Sanford’s water comes from the Lake Monroe watershed.
46 of the 51 assessed water sources in the Lake Monroe watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Broken Arrow Lake
- Deforest Lake Outlet
- Gemini Springs
- Lake Marie Outlet
- Lake Monroe
- Six Mile Creek
- Smith Canal
- Soldier Creek
- St. Johns River
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. These waterbodies are in Good condition:
- Bethel Lake
- Deforest Lake
- Dupont Lake
- East Crystal Lake
- Lake Marie
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of three uses:
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Sanford’s water.
What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Sanford can be surprising.
But there are things you can do in your home to clean up your water.
To Remove Lead and Other Contaminants In Your Home:
There is one solution that beats Brita, PUR, and expensive whole house systems.
- It costs less per gallon.
- Needs fewer filter changes.
- And it doesn’t make your water taste weird.
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 80% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 14 of the 17 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
*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.sanfordfl.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.