Is it safe to drink NYC tap water?
Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
- Trichloroacetic acid
Other Detected Contaminants
- Chromium (total)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Monochloroacetic acid
- Nitrate and nitrite
Can You Drink Tap Water in New York?
Yes, tap water is drinkable. The pipes, however, are old, rusty and dirty. As a long time plumber, I have seen many such pipes and can confirm it. City pipes and the pipes in your house usually need replacement. But typically nobody does this job.
The water can get contaminated once moves into pipes that supply individual buildings, homes, and even schools that occurred recently in Newark, New Jersey.
That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy
Where does NYC tap water come from?
The Catskill and Delaware watersheds in the upstate New York provide more than 90% of the city’s water supply. The rest comes from the Croton watershed.
New Yorkers’ beloved watershed water is so clean, that New York is one of few municipalities not required by law to filter its water (although it is disinfected by UV exposure). Where the quality degrades, is during distribution. The local distribution network which uses chloramine as a disinfectant and aging pipes inside buildings can bring unwanted flavors and potential lead-related health-risks, especially for children.
What is in NYC tap water and who regulates it?
In the U.S, tap water is regulated by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), while bottled water which is a packaged good, is regulated by the FDA. Although both the EPA and FDA have similar quality standards, FDA standards are looser in terms of how often bottled water needs to be tested and they do not require companies to share their test results with consumers.
Conclusion: If you want to know the exact composition of your water then switching to your own Water Filtration System is the cheapest and safest way. Just call us to get a free consultation about water filter or get one from "Clear Life NY" website.
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