Problems We Found With Jersey City Drinking Water
Emma Schultz M.S. | Scientific Contributor
For our assessment of Jersey City tap water, we aggregated water quality test data from the Jersey City Water System - a partnership between the City of Jersey City and SUEZ, the city’s water provider - 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 the scientific and medical literature, and look at upcoming regulatory changes. The water filters that we sell in Jersey City are optimized with these issues in mind.
Source Of Jersey City Drinking Water
Jersey City’s tap water comes from two surface water locations. Water comes from the Jersey City Reservoir in Boonton, and the Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Township. Prior to delivery to customers, water is treated at the Jersey City Water Treatment Plant in Boonton.
In the event that utilities are being worked on, SUEZ notes that water may briefly be delivered from the City of Newark, the Passaic Valley Water Commission, or the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission.
Lead In Jersey City Drinking Water
Lead mixes with tap water when water comes into contact with older lead service pipes and lead-containing plumbing. When corrosion control measures fail, such as the country witnessed in Flint, Michigan, lead leaches into the drinking water and reaches toxic levels. Recent sampling for lead in Jersey City found a 90th percentile concentration of 7.4 parts per billion, although no samples exceeded the Action Level of 15 ppb. While these concentrations fall below the Action Level, the EPA and CDC have made it clear that there is no such thing as a safe level of lead. Additionally, federal regulations cannot possibly take into account levels measured at an individual tap, especially if your home has plumbing that contains lead.
Chromium 6 In Jersey City Drinking Water
Chromium 6 is a hazardous metal not well regulated by the EPA. Jersey City tap water recently averaged 47 parts per trillion for chromium 6, with samples ranging as high as 88 ppt. This average level is over 2 times higher than the concentration determined to have a negligible impact on cancer risk.
Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Jersey City Drinking Water
DBPs are a category of emerging contaminants that form when chlorine-based disinfectants interact with naturally-occurring organic matter such as twigs and leaves. These chemicals are not well regulated, although they have been associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems, and the EPA acknowledges this. Tap water in Jersey City has recently has DBP concentrations averaging 115.2 parts per billion. Of especial interest to residents of Jersey City, trihalomethane concentrations averaged 78.2 ppb (just shy of the Maximum Contaminant Level of 80 ppb), and ranged as high as 98 ppb.
Use Of Chlorine In Jersey City Tap Water
As is common practice in municipalities across the United States, Jersey City adds chlorine to its water to protect consumers from waterborne illness. While not considered acutely harmful, many consumers find that they prefer the taste of their water when chlorine is removed. When your tap water is filtered, we believe you will notice an immediate taste improvement.
Still Have Questions About Jersey City's Tap Water?
Hydroviv is a water filtration company that uses water quality data to optimize water filters for each city’s water. The chemicals that we list above are what we consider to be “points of emphasis” so we can build the best water filter for Jersey City tap water, but all of our water filters provide broad protection against other contaminants commonly found in drinking water (e.g. VOCs, heavy metals [including lead], pharmaceuticals, solvents, pesticides, mercury).
If you’re interested in learning more about water filters that have been optimized for Jersey City tap water, feel free to visit www.hydroviv.com, reach out by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or through our live chat. We also frequently post water-related news on Twitter or Facebook.
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