Union City, California
Water Quality in Union City, California
Watershed: Lower Alameda Creek
What is the water quality like in Union City, CA?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Union City water.
What’s in your water?
Here are the top 4 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:
- Bromate – Potential effect: Cancer
- Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
- Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
These are four of the 10 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
These 4 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 Union City’s water come from?
Union City’s water comes from the Lower Alameda Creek watershed.
All 3 EPA assessed water sources in the Lower Alameda Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Alameda Creek – Impaired
- Alameda Creek Quarry Ponds – Unknown
- Old Alameda Creek – Impaired
Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition.
Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:
- Drinking Water
- Aquatic Life
- Fish and Shellfish Consumption
Learn more from How’s My Waterway
See below for what you can do to improve Union City’s water.
Conclusion – What Can You Do?
Information about water quality can be surprising.
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 8 of the 10 contaminants in your drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
- To filter out all 10 contaminants, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your house.
- 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.unioncity.org/ to find contact information for your local officials.