What is the Water Quality in Taunton, Massachusetts?
Compared to other US cities, Taunton water quality ranks in the lower-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 18 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Chloroform is at extremely high levels: 83x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 266x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 540x health guidelines.
- HAA5 and HAA9 are byproducts of chlorine treatment, a common method of disinfecting water supplies.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Taunton water.
What’s in Taunton 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
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Nitrate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 18 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
9 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Taunton have Lead contamination?
Yes, Taunton has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 4.0 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 Taunton’s water come from?
Taunton’s water comes from the Mill River watershed.
15 of the 18 water sources in the Mill River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Beaumont Pond
- Beaver Brook
- Briggs Pond
- Lake Sabbatia
- Mill River
- New Pond
- Watson Pond
- Winnecunnet Pond
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Canoe River is in Good Condition.
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Taunton’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Taunton can be surprising.
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 81% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 16 of the 18 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair 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:
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.taunton-ma.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.