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Problems We Found In Jacksonville, Florida Drinking Water

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Problems We Found In Jacksonville, Florida Drinking Water

Ernesto Esquivel | Water Nerd 

For Hydroviv’s assessment of Jacksonville, Florida’s drinking and tap water, we collected water quality test data from the city’s website and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We cross referenced their water quality test data with toxicity studies in scientific and medical literature. The water filters that we sell at Hydroviv are optimized to filter out contaminants that are found in Jacksonville’s drinking water.

Where Does Jacksonville Source Its Drinking Water?

Jacksonville sources its drinking water from the Floridan Aquifer. Once it’s drawn from 137 groundwater wells, it travels to 1 of 37 treatment facilities before distribution.

Disinfection Byproducts In Jacksonville's Drinking Water

Jacksonville municipal tap water also showed contamination from disinfection byproducts or DBPs. DBPs are split into two categories: Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) and Haloacetic Acids-5 (HAA5). Concentrations of HAA5 were detected as high as 30.9 parts per billion and the EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level is 60 parts per billion for this contaminant. Concentrations of TTHMs were detected as high as 73.75 parts per billion, but reached levels as high as 92.31 parts per billion. EPA’s Maximum Contaminant Level is 80 parts per billion for TTHMs. Disinfection Byproducts are a category of emerging contaminants which means they have been detected in drinking water but the risk to human health is unknown. DBPs are formed when chlorine or chloramine-based disinfectants are routinely added to the water supply to kill bacteria. Regulatory agencies have very little knowledge about the adverse health effects of DBPs, and their toxicity. EPA has stated that they have been linked to an increased risk of bladder cancer, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system problems. 200 million people in the United States use chlorinated tap water as their primary drinking source, so we take understanding their full health effects very seriously, even if federal agencies fail to regulate all categories.

Lead In Jacksonville's Drinking Water

In recent years, Jacksonville has had a minor problem with lead in drinking water. 10% of sites that were tested for lead had concentrations over 1.15 parts per billion. Though currently in compliance with the federal Action Level of 15 parts per billion, Environmental Protection Agency, Center Disease Control, and American Academy of Pediatrics all recognize that there is no safe level of lead for children. Additionally, these measurements may not be a true indication of your tap water if your home has lead plumbing or lead fixtures. Treated water leaving the plant may be in compliance with loose EPA standards, but could become contaminated once it enters older infrastructure. Lead enters Jacksonville's tap water through old lead service pipes and lead-containing plumbing. Houses built before 1986 were most likely built with lead plumbing and lead fixtures. Lead exposure can cause developmental issues, lowered IQ, and damages to the kidneys and brain.

It’s important to note that only a handful of contaminants are required to be included in annual Consumer Confidence Reports, and that there are hundreds of potentially harmful unregulated contaminants that aren’t accounted for. If you’re interested in learning more about water filters that have been optimized for Jacksonville’s tap water quality, feel free to visit www.hydroviv.com to talk to a Water Nerd on our live chat feature or send us an email at hello@hydroviv.com.

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