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Fort Lauderdale Water Quality Report

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Sources of Fort Lauderdale, Florida Drinking Water

The City of Fort Lauderdale obtains its water from wells that draw from the Biscayne Aquifer. Is Fort Lauderdale's  tap water safe to drink?  

Source: City of Fort Lauderdale

A list of contaminants in Fort Lauderdale , Florida Water Supply 

(Detected above health guidelines)

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

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

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. 

Chromium (hexavalent): Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

  •  Fort Lauderdale, FL: 0.0744 ppb
  • State: 0.155 ppb
  •  National: 0.782 ppb 

Radiological contaminants cancer: This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228), Radium-226 & Uranium. 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.

Health risks of Radiological contaminants

Radium is a radioactive element that causes bone cancer and other cancers. It can occur naturally in groundwater, and oil and gas extraction activities such as hydraulic fracturing can elevate concentrations. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228) & Radium-228.

Radiological contaminants: Health Guideline: N/A - No standard exist for this contaminant.

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) cancer: 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.

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.

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs):

Health Guidelines: 0.8 ppb

  • State: 23.2 ppb
  • National: 23.4 ppb
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL: 38.8 ppb
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