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Problems We Found With Henderson Drinking Water

Emma Schultz, M.S. | Scientific Contributor   

For our city of Henderson water quality report, we aggregated water quality test data from the City of Henderson and the Southern Nevada Water Authority, a water provider for Henderson, 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 Henderson are optimized with these issues in mind.

Source Of Henderson Drinking Water

Henderson’s tap water is primarily surface water-based and originates in the Colorado River, before reaching Lake Mead. The City of Henderson’s Water Treatment Plant accounts for 15% of the city’s drinking water. The remaining water comes from the Southern Nevada Water Authority, from either the Alfred Merritt Smith Water Treatment Facility or the River Mountains Water Treatment Facility. 10% of the water sourced each year comes from a deep groundwater aquifer located below the Las Vegas Valley.

Arsenic In Henderson Drinking Water

Arsenic is a hazardous heavy metal known to cause cancer, and other health problems. Arsenic originates in source water.  While Henderson is in compliance with EPA water quality standards, consumers should know that the EPA's standard balances toxicity against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. Henderson’s most recent tap water quality report listed average arsenic concentrations of 2 parts per billion.  We highly recommend that tap water with more than 1 part per billion be treated to remove arsenic, especially in homes with children.  

Lead In Henderson Drinking Water

Lead enters tap water through old lead service pipes and lead-containing plumbing. When corrosion control measures fail (such as recently happened in Flint, Michigan), lead leaches into drinking water, and reaches toxic levels. A recent city of Henderson water quality report revealed a 90th percentile concentration of 2.5 parts per billion, with samples ranging up to 9.5 ppb. EPA and CDC recognize 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 Henderson Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is a very toxic metal that is not highly regulated by the EPA. Henderson’s tap water recently averaged 57 parts per trillion for chromium 6. These levels are nearly 3 times higher than the concentration determined to have a negligible impact on cancer risk.

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Henderson Drinking Water

DBPs are a category of emerging contaminants that are created when chlorine-based disinfectants are added to the water supply to protect it, but then subsequently combine with naturally-occurring organic matter. Although these chemicals are not fully regulated, EPA has explicitly stated that they are linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems. Henderson’s tap water has recently had moderately high levels of DBPs, with a 2016 average of 104 parts per billion. In addition, the locational running annual average of trihalomethanes in 2015 was 79 ppb, which is just short of the Maximum Contaminant Level of 80 ppb.

Use Of Chlorine In Henderson Tap Water

As with many cities in the United States, Henderson adds chlorine to its water supply to keep consumers safe from waterborne illness. While not considered exceedingly harmful, many people find that when they remove the chlorine from their water supply, they quickly notice an improvement in taste and odor. When you choose to filter your tap water, we believe you will notice an immediate taste enhancement.  


Still Have Questions About Henderson'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 Henderson 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 the City of Henderson 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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Problems We Found In Long Beach's Drinking Water

Kezia Snipe | Hydroviv Research Analyst

For Hydroviv’s assessment of the city of Long Beach, CA's water, we aggregated water quality test data from Long Beach Water, the city’s water provider and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  We cross reference these data with toxicity studies in the scientific and medical literature, and delve into upcoming regulatory changes.  The water filters that we offer at Hydroviv are optimized with these figures in mind.

Source Of Long Beach Drinking Water

Approximately 65 percent of the potable water serving Long Beach was supplied by groundwater, and the remaining 35 percent was supplied through purchased imported surface water. The groundwater is pumped from active wells around the Long Beach and Lakewood area. Two major aqueducts supply the surface waters feeding five regional treatment plants. Colorado River water, which has the higher mineral content of the two supplies, is brought into southern California through the 242-mile long Colorado River Aqueduct. This aqueduct originates at Lake Havasu and terminates in southern California at Lake Mathews. State Project water is conveyed through the California Aqueduct.

Arsenic In Long Beach Drinking Water

Arsenic is a toxic metal that is known to cause cancer and other health issues. Unlike lead, which distributes into water from plumbing, arsenic comes from the source water itself. The city of Long Beach's water is in compliance with the EPA’s water quality standards but it is very important to point out that EPA’s standard balances the toxicity against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. The most recent Long Beach water quality report returned an average arsenic concentration up to 2.1 parts per billion for  the city. Hydroviv recommends that anyone with more than 1 part per billion take steps to remove arsenic from their water, especially if they have children.  

Lead In Long Beach Drinking Water

Lead enters 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 Long Beach are 5 parts per billion. Though the City of Long Beach's water is 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.

Chromium 6 In Long Beach Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is a highly toxic metal that is not regulated by the EPA.  In recent years, Long Beach’s tap water has averaged 56 parts per trillion for Chromium 6.  While they are in compliance with nonexistent federal and very loose state regulations, these levels are 3 times higher than the concentration determined the State of California to have negligible impact on cancer risk

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Long Beach 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 Long Beach 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 Long Beach, but all of our 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 Long Beach 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).

Please Share This City of Long Beach Water Quality Report On Social Media With Anyone You Think Would Benefit From The Information!

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Problems We Found With Virginia Beach's Drinking Water

Kezia Snipe | Hydroviv Research Analyst

For our assessment of the city of Virginia Beach's water, we aggregated water quality test data from the City of Virginia Beach Public Utilities, 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 literature and look at upcoming regulatory changes. The water filters that we sell in Virginia Beach are optimized with this data in mind.

Source Of Virginia Beach Drinking Water

The Lake Gaston Water Supply Pipeline provides water to Virginia Beach citizens through a 76-mile-long pipeline leading from Lake Gaston in Brunswick County to Lake Prince, a reservoir located in Suffolk but owned and operated by Norfolk. Lake Gaston provides an average of 34 million gallons per day (MGD) of water to Virginia Beach citizens.

Lead In Virginia Beach Drinking Water

Lead enters the city of Virginia Beach's water through old lead service pipes and lead-containing plumbing. When corrosion control measures fail (such as what happened in Flint, Michigan), lead leaches into the drinking water and can reach toxic levels. Recent analysis for lead in the city of Virginia Beach's water found a 90th percentile concentration of 7 ppb. While the Action Level is 15 ppb, both the EPA and CDC recognize that there is no such thing as a safe level of lead. In addition, federal regulations cannot possibly 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.

Chromium 6 In Virginia Beach Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is a highly toxic metal that, while monitored, is not regulated by the EPA. Virginia Beach’s tap water quality recently averaged 71 parts per trillion for chromium 6. Average levels in VA Beach's water are 3.5 times higher than the concentration determined to have a negligible impact on cancer risk.

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Virginia Beach 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 well regulated, the EPA has concluded 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 Virginia Beach’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 Virginia Beach tap water, but all of our water filters provide broad protection against other contaminants commonly found in drinking water.

If you’re interested in learning more about water filters that have been optimized for Virginia Beach 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.  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).

Please Share This Virginia Beach Water Quality Report On Social Media With Anyone You Think Would Benefit From The Information!

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Problems We Found in Fresno's Drinking Water

Kezia Snipe | Hydroviv Research Analyst

For Hydroviv’s assessment of Fresno's water quality, we aggregated water quality test data from the City of Fresno Water Division 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 we build for people in Fresno are optimized with this research in mind.

Source Of Fresno Drinking Water

For Fresno residents, there are two sources of drinking water. One is derived from the Fresno Sole Source Aquifer, a large underground water system that supplies many communities in the San Joaquin Valley. The Water Division operates approximately 260 wells that draw from this aquifer. The second source of Fresno's drinking water is surface sourced water from the Sierra Nevada delivered via Fresno Irrigation District and Friant-Kern canals. This water is stored in both Millerton and Pine Flat lakes, located in the foothills east of Fresno. 

Extremely High Levels Of Chromium 6 In Fresno Drinking Water

Fresno's drinking water has one of the higher levels of Chromium 6 among major US cities.  Chromium 6 is a highly toxic metal that is not regulated by the EPA.  In recent years, Fresno tap and drinking water has averaged 2200 parts per trillion for Chromium 6.  For the sake of perspective, these levels are a staggering 110 times higher than the concentration determined to have negligible impact on cancer risk

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Fresno's 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 Fresno Tap 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 Fresno city water, but our filters provide broad protection against a wide range of contaminants.

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

Please Share This City of Fresno Water Quality Article On Social Media With Anyone You Think Would Benefit From The Information!

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Problems We Found In San Francisco's Drinking Water

Kezia Snipe | Hydroviv Research Analyst

For Hydroviv’s San Francisco's water quality report, we aggregated water quality test data from San Francisco Water, Power & Sewer, 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 delve into upcoming regulatory changes. The custom water filters that we offer at Hydroviv are optimized with San Francisco's water quality in mind.

Source Of San Francisco Drinking Water

San Francisco’s major water source originates from spring snowmelt flowing down the Tuolumne River to storage in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir. Hetch Hetchy water is supplemented with surface water from two local watersheds. Rainfall and runoff from the Alameda Watershed in Alameda and Santa Clara counties are collected in the Calaveras and San Antonio reservoirs, and delivered to the Sunol Valley Water Treatment Plant. Rainfall and runoff from the Peninsula Watershed in San Mateo County are stored in the Crystal Springs, San Andreas and Pilarcitos reservoirs, and are delivered to the Harry Tracy Water Treatment Plant. In addition to these local sources, back-up water sources consist of surface water in Lake Eleanor, Lake Cherry and the associated creeks all conveyed via the Lower Cherry Aqueduct, Early Intake Reservoir and Tuolumne River.

Lead In San Francisco Drinking Water

Lead enters 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 San Francisco are 4.8 parts per billion. Though San Francisco's water quality is 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.  

Chromium 6 In San Francisco Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is a highly toxic metal that is not regulated by the EPA.  In recent years, San Francisco’s drinking and tap water has averaged 91 parts per trillion for Chromium 6. For a bit of perspective, Chromium 6 levels in San Francisco's tap water quality are 4.55 times higher than the concentration determined to have negligible impact on cancer risk

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In San Francisco 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 website discloses that high levels of disinfection byproducts are associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems.

Chloramine Used To Disinfect San Francisco Drinking Water

While most municipalities use chlorine as the primary disinfectant, San Francisco’s water is disinfected with chloramine (produced by mixing chlorine and ammonia). Chloramine is primarily responsible for what many customers report as the “bad taste” of tap water, and unlike chlorine does not dissipate if a container of water is left in the refrigerator overnight. Most one-size-fits-all water filters use filtration media that doesn’t do a great job removing chloramine, but the filters that we design and build at Hydroviv for San Francisco uses special filtration media that is purposefully designed to remove chloramine as well.

Still Have Questions?

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 San Francisco, but all of our filters provide broad protection against a wide range of contaminants.

If you’re interested in learning more about water filters that have been optimized for San Francisco tap water, have questions about our San Francisco water quality report, or 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).

Please Share This San Francisco Tap Water Quality Article On Social Media With Anyone You Think Would Benefit From The Information!

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Problems We Found In Los Angeles Water

Kezia Snipe | Research Analyst 

For Hydroviv’s assessment of Los Angeles’ tap and drinking water quality, we aggregated water quality test data from Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, the water provider for LA, 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 custom water filters that we offer in Los Angeles are optimized with this research in mind.

Source Water Of Los Angeles Drinking Water

The Los Angeles Aqueducts, local groundwater, and supplemental water purchased from the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) are the primary sources of water supply for the City of Los Angeles (City). The LA's tap water from the MWD is delivered through the Colorado River Aqueduct and the State Water Project’s California Aqueduct.

Arsenic In Los Angeles Drinking Water

Arsenic is a toxic metal that is known to cause cancer and other health issues. Unlike lead, which distributes into water from plumbing, arsenic comes from the source water itself. Los Angeles' water quality is in compliance with EPA water quality standards but it’s important to mention that EPA’s standard balances the toxicity against the costs of removing arsenic from drinking water. The most recent Los Angeles drinking and tap water quality report reported an average arsenic concentration up to 3 parts per billion for LA. We highly recommend that anyone with more than 1 part per billion take steps to remove arsenic from their water, especially if they have children.  

High Levels Of Lead In Los Angeles Drinking Water

Lead enters Los Angeles' 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 LA water quality samples analyzed for lead are over 6.3 parts per billion.  While currently in compliance with very loose 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.  For reference, the American Academy Of Pediatrics recommends that drinking water taps not exceed 1 ppb lead if children drink from it.

High Levels Of Chromium 6 In Los Angeles Drinking Water

Chromium 6 is a highly toxic metal that is not regulated by the EPA.  In recent years, Los Angeles' drinking and tap water has averaged 480 parts per trillion for Chromium 6.  For the sake of perspective, Chromium 6 levels in LA's water quality are 24 times higher than the concentration determined to have negligible impact on cancer risk

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs) In Los Angeles 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 website discloses that exposure to high levels of disinfection byproducts are associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems.

Still Have Questions About Los Angeles Tap 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 Los Angeles, but our filters provide broad protection against a wide range of contaminants.

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

Please Share This Los Angeles Water Quality Article On Social Media With Anyone You Think Would Benefit From The Information!

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