Wylie, Texas

Wylie, Texas Wylie, Texas

What is the Water Quality in Wylie, Texas?

Compared to other US cities over 50,000, Wylie water quality ranks in the very high range for contamination excluding Lead.

Most of their 38 contaminants have cancer-causing attributes. Arsenic is at very high levels: 37x health guidelines.

Let’s look closer at what’s in Wylie water.

What’s in Wylie water?

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

  1. Arsenic – Potential effect: Cancer
  2. Atrazine – Potential effect: Harm to the developing fetus
  3. Bromodichloromethane – Potential effect: Cancer
  4. Chloroform – Potential effect: Cancer
  5. Hexavalent Chromium – Potential effect: Cancer

These are five of the 38 contaminants analyzed by the Environmental Working Group (ewg.org).

19 of these contaminants are rated as exceeding EWG Health Guidelines.

Does Wylie have Lead contamination?

Yes, Wylie has lead in its water. The most recent Lead samples collected in 2017 showed concentrations up to 2.4 parts per billion.

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 Wylie’s water come from?

Wylie’s water comes from the Cottonwood Creek – East Fork Trinity River watershed.

All 3 water sources in the Cottonwood Creek – East Fork Trinity River watershed are in Good condition. These include:

  • Lake Ray Hubbard – Multiple sections

Ideally, a water source would be rated in Good condition with no or low contamination.

Learn more from How’s My Waterway

See below for what you can do to improve Wylie’s water.

Conclusion – What Can You Do?

Information about water quality in Wylie can be surprising and downright scary.

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:
Take Control of Your Water with Berkey Filters

  • Use Berkey filters with activated carbon to filter out at least 81.3% of contaminants in your drinking water.
    • Berkey filters can also remove up to 99.99% of Lead in Wylie water.
    • Brita can filter 50% of contaminants and Lead depending on the filter.
    • Note: We may receive a commission if you decide to purchase filters through links on this page.
  • To filter out 34 of the 38 contaminants (89.5%), consider a Reverse Osmosis 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:
      • Arsenic
      • Atrazine
      • Chromium (hexavalent)
      • Chromium (total)
      • Cyanide
      • Nitrate
      • Nitrite
      • Selenium
      • Strontium

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.wylietexas.gov/ to find contact information for your local officials.

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