What is the Water Quality in Smyrna, Tennessee?
Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Smyrna water quality ranks in the lower range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 16 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Radium is at extremely high levels: 25x health guidelines.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Smyrna water.
What’s in Smyrna water?
Here are the top 6 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
These are six of the 16 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
9 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Smyrna have Lead contamination?
Yes, Smyrna has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 2.1 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 Smyrna’s water come from?
Smyrna’s water comes from the Stewart Creek watershed.
7 of the 9 water sources in the Stewart Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Harts Branch
- Olive Branch
- Rock Spring Branch
- Stewarts Creek – two sections
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Two (2) water sources are currently in good condition. These are:
- Rocky Fork Creek
- Stewarts Creek – one section of many
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Smyrna’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Smyrna 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 76.9% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 13 of the 16 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.townofsmyrna.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.