Water Quality in Stillwater, Oklahoma
Watershed: Boomer Lake – Stillwater Creek
What is the water quality like in Stillwater, OK?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in your water.
What’s in your 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
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 18 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
11 of these 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 Stillwater’s water come from?
Stillwater’s water comes from the Boomer Lake – Stillwater Creek watershed.
All eight (8) waterbodies in the Boomer Lake – Stillwater Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition.
The four Impaired waterbodies are:
- Boomer Creek
- Boomer Lake
- Sanborn-Hazen Lake Creek
- Stillwater Creek
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. See below for what you can do to improve Stillwater’s water.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway here
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising and downright scary.
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 17 of the 18 contaminants (94.4%) in your drinking water.
- Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Stillwater water.
- Brita can filter 10 (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 17 of the 18 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system.
- These are typically more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but may require fewer filter changes over time.
- 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: http://stillwater.org/page/home/government to find contact information for your local officials.