Waterbury, Connecticut

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Water Quality in Waterbury, Connecticut

Watershed: Long Meadow Pond Brook – Naugatuck River

What is the water quality like in Waterbury, CT?

Let’s dive deeper into what’s in Waterbury water.

What’s in Waterbury water?

Here are the top 5 chemical compounds in your water and what health issues they can potentially cause:

  1. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  3. Haloacetic acids – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Radium – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Total trihalomethanes – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 16 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

6 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 Waterbury’s water come from?

Waterbury’s water comes from the Long Meadow Pond Brook – Naugatuck River watershed.

5 of the 9 EPA assessed water sources in the Long Meadow Pond Brook – Naugatuck River watershed are in Impaired condition. These include:

  • Great Brook
  • Long Meadow Pond Brook – one segment
  • Naugatuck River – three segments

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition. Two segments of Fulling Mill Brook and two segments of Long Meadow Pond Brook are in Good condition.

Whether a water source is in Impaired or Good condition refers to the quality of these uses:

  1. Drinking Water
  2. Aquatic Life
  3. Fish and Shellfish Consumption
  4. Recreation

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Waterbury’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:

*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://waterburyct.org/water to find contact information for your local officials.

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