What is the Water Quality in Taylorsville, Utah?
Compared to other US cities, Taylorsville water quality ranks in the high-middle range for contamination excluding Lead.
Most of their 28 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes.
- Arsenic is at extremely high levels: 535x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5) are at extremely high levels: 132x health guidelines.
- Haloacetic acids (HAA9) are at extremely high levels: 193x health guidelines.
- HAA5 and HAA9 are byproducts of chlorine treatment, a common method of disinfecting water supplies. These can be removed with activated carbon filters. See recommendations below.
Let’s look closer at what’s in Taylorsville water.
What’s in Taylorsville water?
Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
- Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9) – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 28 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
15 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.
Does Taylorsville have Lead contamination?
Yes, Taylorsville has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected from 2015 through 2017 showed concentrations up to 4.6 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 Taylorsville’s water come from?
Taylorsville’s water comes from the Parleys Creek – Jordan River watershed.
All 4 assessed water sources in the Parleys Creek – Jordan River watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Jordan River – Impaired in multiple sections
- Surplus Canal – Unknown condition
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired, Unknown, 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 Taylorsville’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality in Taylorsville 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.
In Your Home:
- Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 84% of contaminants in your drinking water.
- To filter out 25 of the 28 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis Pentair water filtration system for your house.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but are much more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5 and HAA9)
- Hexavalent chromium
- Selenium – toxic doses can lead to hair loss, intestinal disorders, cirrhosis of the liver, pulmonary edema, or death. (source)
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
*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.taylorsvilleut.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.