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Buffalo, NY Water Quality Report

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Sources of Buffalo, New York Drinking Water

Where does Buffalo, NY get its water from? Buffalo's water source is Lake Erie (a surface water source) which is the southernmost of the Great Lakes, bounded on the north by the Canadian province of Ontario, on the south by the U.S. states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York, and on the west by the state of Michigan. During 2008, our system did not experience any restriction of our water source. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes, with an average depth of only 62-ft. It also has the shortest detention time of the Great Lakes. Water remains in the lake for only 2.6 years before it is replaced by fresh water (as compared with 191 years in Lake Superior or 22.6 years in Lake Huron). It is also the siltiest of the Great Lakes. Its bottom consists of fine sand, easily upset during turbulent storms. 

The combination of its shallowness, short detention time and sandy unstable bottom bestows a great asset upon this body of water. The lake is able to quickly flush itself of harmful contaminants such as pesticides and other organic wastes. When Lake Erie becomes turbulent, fine particles of sand and silt become agitated and suspended throughout the lake. Organic contaminants will tightly cling to these particles and will be quickly flushed from the lake. Therefore water treatment begins as a natural process due to the structure and makeup of Lake Erie.Does Buffalo have fluoride in its water? Is Buffalo's water safe to drink?

Source: City of Buffalo 

A list of contaminants in Brooklyn's Water Supply 

(Detected above health guidelines)

Bromodichloromethane  

Bromodichloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Bromodichloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.

Chloroform 

Chloroform, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Chloroform and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.

Chromium (hexavalent)

Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater. 

Dichloroacetic acid

Dichloroacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. 

 

Radiological contaminants  

Radiological contaminants leach into water from certain minerals and from mining. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228).

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) 

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform.

Trichloroacetic acid

Trichloroacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Click here to read more about disinfection byproducts.

Potential health effects of consuming these contaminants

Health risks of bromodichloromethane in excess of health guideline 

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.4 ppb for bromodichloromethane was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people. 

Health risks of chloroform in excess of health guideline 

Cancer: The health guideline of 1 ppb for chloroform was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people. 

Health risks of chromium (hexavalent) in excess of health guideline 

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.02 ppb for chromium (hexavalent) was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer. 

Health risks of dichloroacetic acid in excess of health guideline 

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.7 ppb for dichloroacetic acid was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people. 

 

Health risks of radiological contaminants in excess of health guidelines

Birth defects: Drinking water contamination with radioactive substances increases the risk of cancer and may harm fetal development.

Health risks of trihalomethanes in excess of health guideline 

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.8 ppb for trihalomethanes was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a draft public health goal, the level of drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer. 

Health risks of trichloroacetic acid in excess of health guideline 

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.5 ppb for trichloroacetic acid was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

Contaminant Levels in Buffalo's Water Supply

Bromodichloromethane:

Health Guideline: 0.4 ppb

  • National: 4.37 ppb
  • Buffalo, NY: 10.3 ppb
  • State: 4.83 ppb 
Chloroform:

Health Guideline: 1 ppb

  • National: 11.4 ppb
  • State: 16.4 ppb
  • Buffalo, NY: 21.0 ppb 
Chromium (hexavalent):

Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

  • Buffalo, NY: 0.0998 ppb
  • State: 0.143 ppb
  • National: 0.782 ppb

Dichloroacetic acid:

Health Guideline: 0.7 ppb

  • State: 5.57 ppb 
  • National: 6.00 ppb 
  • Buffalo, NY: 11.1

 

Radiological contaminants  

No information available about this contaminant but it cannot be good. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228). Radiological contaminants leach into water from certain minerals and from mining. Drinking water contamination with radioactive substances increases the risk of cancer and may harm fetal development.

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs):

Health Guidelines: 0.8 ppb

  • National: 23.4 ppb
  • State: 26.1 ppb 
  • Buffalo, NY: 36.1 ppb 

Trichloroacetic acid:

Health Guideline:  0.5 ppb

  • National: 4.93 ppb
  • State: 5.81 ppb 
  • Buffalo, NY: 9.53 ppb 
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