Water in Delray Beach, FL

Delray Beach Water Needs Improvement

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Learn How to Keep Toxins Out of Your Drinking Water

If you think that Delray Beach water is safe to drink, you may be surprised to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has indicated the presence of certain carcinogenic material in the water. Furthermore, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a watchdog group whose health standards are more stringent than the EPA’s, long-term exposure to Delray Beach’s water can be harmful to human tissues.

Keep reading to find out:

  • Where Delray Beach’s water comes from
  • Which contaminants are in the water
  • How to enjoy healthier water
  • How Angel Water can help you

Where Does Delray Beach Water Come From?

Much of Delray Beach’s water is groundwater, coming from the east coast surficial aquifer, a nearly 200-ft deep cavity full of water. Across the city, 30 wells access this water, dispersing it to treatment plants. Finally, the water exits the treatment plant, going straight to homes and businesses.

What is Delray Beach’s Water Hardness?

A water supply’s “hardness” is just the amount of sediment dissolved into water. It’s a common problem for groundwater. Delray Beach’s water hardness clocks in at around 72 mg/L, or 5 grains per gallon, which is a moderate amount of hardness. Symptoms of moderate water hardness include brittle hair, itchy skin and broken dishwashers.

What is Delray Beach’s Water Quality?

Delray Beach water utilities and companies treat groundwater with chemicals to reduce hardness as well as alkalinity. As good a start as the treatment process is, the chemicals themselves aren’t fit for consumption. Many dangerous contaminants are still present in Delray Beach water. You can view recent test result findings in the chart to the right.

Chromium (Hexavalent) 0.215 ppb 0.02 ppb
Haloacetic Acids (HAA9s) 21.4 ppb 0.06 ppb
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs) 25.6 ppb 0.15 ppb

Keep reading to learn more about these pollutants and the health risks associated with each.

Chromium (Hexavalent)

As the contaminant featured in Erin Brockovich, hexavalent chromium is a common contaminant in drinking water across the country. It can be a byproduct of industrial pollution, or it can occur naturally in mineral deposits adjacent to the water. Apart from being a nasty carcinogen, long-term consumption may cause liver problems or harm to the reproductive system.

Haloacetic Acids (HAA9s)

HAA9s are common byproducts of water treatment, so their presence in Delray Beach’s water is unsurprising. These carcinogens can also cause congenital defects, inducing mutations that result in damaged DNA. Several studies have confirmed the carcinogenic effects of haloacetic acids on lab animals.

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

About as common as HAA9s, TTHMs are further byproducts of water treatment. While these carcinogens kill microbes, they can also cause humans to develop bladder cancers through long-term exposure. Animal studies have suggested effects on the liver, kidney and intestines.

Other Contaminants Detected

The EWG suggests that the three above contaminants are present at unsafe levels, but the organization also suggests that all contamination is bad. In a perfect world, humans should avoid all contaminants. The other contaminants detected in Delray Beach’s water are as follows:

  • Barium
  • Beryllium
  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (Total)
  • Cyanide
  • Fluoride
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Strontium
  • Toluene
  • Vanadium

Each of these contaminants is present in small amounts. For more information about all toxins in Delray Beach’s drinking water, please take a look at the EWG’s page for the city.

How Can Delray Beach Residents Protect Their Health?

Removing dissolved chemicals from water might not sound easy, but modern technology presents plenty of solutions. If you live in Delray Beach, and you’re looking to remove chemicals and sediment from the water flowing into your home, there are steps you can take to enjoy cleaner water.

Here they are:

Step 1: Water Testing

Significant contamination is often discernible to our senses. Human beings can see strange colors and smell strange odors, but byproducts of disinfection are going to be much harder to notice. The only way to be 100% sure is to conduct a water test. After conducting a water test on your water, one of our experts will make recommendations about what to do next.

Step 2: Consider an NSF 58-Certified Reverse Osmosis (RO) System

RO systems are powerful tools for removing carcinogens from water. They’re the perfect complement to municipal water treatment, filtering all byproducts of disinfection. RO systems work by pushing water through a semipermeable membrane that separates chemicals from water on a molecular level.

If you’re interested in an RO system, be sure to get one that’s NSF 58-certified. RO systems with NSF 58 certification have undergone rigorous testing to guarantee effectiveness.

Step 3: Get an NSF 44-Certified Water Softener System

If hardness is a problem for your home, you’ll certainly benefit from the aptly-named water softener. Water softeners remove the hardness minerals from water through a process known as ion exchange.

Whichever device you choose, the best water softeners are NSF 44-certified. They’ve endured rigorous testing to confirm just how effective they really are.

Step 4: Have Your Equipment Professionally Installed and Serviced

If you’re serious about improving your drinking water, we strongly advise against installing a device by yourself. Years of practice and training have prepared our licensed plumbers to master the process. Getting it wrong could exacerbate pollution. To make sure everything works properly and to make sure you get to keep your warranties, please consider leaving installation and maintenance to our licensed professionals.

Get Better Water in Delray Beach Today!

Byproducts of disinfection and sediment work insidiously to damage our health and home. Don’t put your head in the sand! Face this problem head-on for you and your family. We encourage you to test your water so that you can find the water device that best suits your needs.

Angel Water’s team can’t wait to help you and your family taste the difference between clean water and contaminated water. We’ve been educating families in Illinois and Florida for over 50 years. Our licensed plumbers are available to test your water, recommend devices and complete comprehensive installations.

Please call us today at (847) 382-7800

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