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Problems We Found In Boston's Drinking Water

Problems We Found In Boston's Drinking Water

Kezia Snipe | Hydroviv Research Analyst

For Hydroviv’s assessment Boston's tap and drinking water quality, we aggregated water quality test data from Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, 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 offer in Boston are optimized with Boston's water quality in mind.

Source Of Boston Drinking Water

Boston's drinking and tap water comes from the Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs, about 65 and 35 miles west of Boston, respectively. Water from the Ware River can also add to the supply at times. These reservoirs supply wholesale water to local water departments in 51 communities. The two reservoirs combined supplied about 210 million gallons a day of water to consumers in 2016.

Lead In Boston Drinking Water

Lead enters Boston's drinking and tap water through older lead service pipes and lead-containing plumbing. When corrosion control measures put in place by the municipality fail (like what recently happened in Flint, Michigan), lead leaches into the drinking water, and can reach dangerous levels. Currently, 10% of samples analyzed for lead in Boston's drinking and tap water are over 6.9 parts per billion. Though Boston's water quality is currently in compliance with federal regulations, EPA and CDC both acknowledge that there is no safe level of lead, and federal regulations do not take into account levels measured at an individual tap.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that any taps used to serve children have lead levels no higher than 1 part per billion. 

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Boston 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.

Still Have Questions About Boston Drinking Water?

Hydroviv is a water filtration company that 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 Boston's water, but all of our  filters provide broad protection against a wide range of contaminants (including lead).

If you’re interested in learning more about water filters that have been optimized for Boston 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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