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Problems We Found With Orlando Drinking Water

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Problems We Found With Orlando Drinking Water
Emma Schultz, M.S. | Scientific Contributor

For our assessment of Orlando tap water, we aggregated water quality test data from the Orlando Utilities Commission, the water provider for Orlando, 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 Orlando are optimized with these issues in mind.

Source Of Orlando Drinking Water

Orlando’s tap water is groundwater-sourced, and comes from the deep Lower Floridan Aquifer, which is a quarter mile underground. This deep aquifer is located underneath layers of sand and clay, as well as being underneath the Upper Floridan Aquifer and a layer of limestone. The Orlando Utilities Commission operates seven water treatment plants, which draw up the water from the aquifer and treat it before sending it off to customers.

Lead In Orlando Drinking Water

Lead enters into the tap water through older lead service pipes and lead-containing plumbing. When corrosion control measures fail, such as recently happened in Flint, Michigan, lead leaches into the drinking water and reaches dangerous levels. 2014 analysis for lead in Orlando found a 90th percentile concentration of 5 parts per billion, with one sample exceeding the Action Level of 15 ppb. EPA and CDC have made clear that there is no such thing as a safe level of lead, and of course, federal regulations cannot take into account levels measured at an individual tap.

Chromium 6 In Orlando Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is a dangerous metal not well regulated by the EPA. Orlando tap water recently averaged 46 parts per trillion for chromium 6. These levels are 2 times higher than the concentration determined to have a negligible impact on cancer risk.

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Orlando Drinking Water

DBPs are a category of halogenated emerging contaminants that form from chlorine-based disinfectants (added to the water supply to protect consumers) and naturally-occurring organic matter. These chemicals are not well regulated, although the EPA has explicitly stated that they have been associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems. Orlando’s tap water has recently has DBP concentrations averaging 104.38 parts per billion. Also of note is that trihalomethanes ranged as high as 76.45 ppb, just shy of the Maximum Contaminant Level of 80 ppb.

Use Of Chlorine In Orlando's Tap Water

Like many cities and towns in the United States, Orlando adds chlorine to its water to protect consumers against waterborne illness. While not considered harmful on its own, many people find that removal of chlorine from drinking water improves taste and odor.  When your tap water is filtered, we believe you will notice an immediate taste improvement.  

Still Have Questions About Orlando'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 Orlando 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 Orlando tap water, 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.

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