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Problems We Found With Columbus, OH Drinking Water

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Problems We Found With Columbus, OH Drinking Water

Kezia Snipe | Research Analyst

For Hydroviv’s assessment of Columbus tap water, we aggregated water quality test data from the City of Columbus Public Utilities, the water provider for Ohio’s capital city and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as well as from samples that we collect and analyze. We cross reference these data with toxicity studies in scientific and medical literature, and look at upcoming regulatory changes.  The water filters that we offer at Hydroviv are optimized with these numbers in mind.

Source Of Columbus' Drinking Water

The City of Columbus Water System uses surface water from the Scioto River and Big Walnut Creek, as well as ground water pumped from sand and gravel deposits of the Scioto River Valley. 

High Levels Of Chromium 6 In Columbus' Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is an extremely toxic metal that is not currently regulated by the EPA. In recent years, Columbus tap water has averaged 210 parts per trillion for Chromium 6.  For the sake of perspective, these levels are 10.5 times higher than the concentration determined to have negligible impact on cancer risk

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Columbus' Drinking Water

DBPs are a category of emerging contaminants that form when chlorine-based disinfectants react with naturally-occurring organic matter.  Although these chemicals are not currently regulated very well, the EPA has admitted that they are associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems.

Chlorine In Columbus' Drinking Water

Like most other municipalities in the U.S., Columbus injects its water with chlorine to protect against waterborne illness. While not typically considered to be harmful on its own, many people find that removing chlorine from drinking water greatly enhances its taste and odor.

Still Have Questions?

Hydroviv uses water quality data to optimize water filters for each customer's water.  The contaminants that we list above are what we consider to be major “points of emphasis” that we use to build water filters that are built specifically for Columbus, but our filters provide broad protection against a wide range of contaminants, including lead, mercury, and VOCs

If you’re interested in learning more about water filters that have been optimized for Columbus tap water, or just have questions about water quality in general, feel free to visit www.hydroviv.com, reach out by email (hello@hydroviv.com) or through our live chat.  We also frequently post water-related news on Twitter or Facebook.  We pride ourselves in being a reputable source of information on water quality, and your questions will be answered by scientists, not salespeople (we don't have any salespeople).

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