Water Quality in Vista, California
Watershed: Buena Vista Creek
What is the water quality like in Vista, CA?
Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Vista water.
What’s in Vista 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 – Potential effect: Cancer
- Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer
- Trichloroacetic acid – Potential effect: Cancer
These are five of the 15 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).
9 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 Vista’s water come from?
Vista’s water comes from the Buena Vista Creek watershed.
All 3 of the EPA assessed water sources in the Buena Vista Creek watershed are in Impaired or Unknown condition. These include:
- Buena Vista Creek
- Buena Vista Lagoon
- An unnnamed tributary to Buena Vista Creek
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 Vista’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 14 of the 15 contaminants in your drinking water. (Berkey Light and Travel Berkey are the only types available in California.)
- To filter out 13 of the 15 contaminants in your whole house, consider a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system for your home.
- These are more expensive than pitchers to purchase, but can be more effective.
- They have the benefit of filtering out heavy hitters like:
- Bromodichloromethane – health risks in drinking water
- Chloroform – side effects
- Dibromoacetic acid
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Haloacetic acids – chlorination byproduct*
- Hexavalent chromium – health effects
- Monochloroacetic acid
- Total trihalomethanes – byproduct of chlorination*
- Trichloroacetic acid
*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.
Chlorate, a chemical that affects the thyroid, is also present in your water. Unfortunately, it can’t be filtered out. That’s one reason it’s important to be in contact with your local government. See the information below for how you can reach them.
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.cityofvista.com/ to find contact information for your local officials.