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Sources Of Drinking Water in Lubbock, Texas

 

The City of Lubbock, Texas has developed a 100 year water supply plan by diversifying its water supplies. The main source of water for the city is groundwater. This groundwater comes from two places: the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority's Roberts County Well Field and the City's Bailey County Well Field. In addition, to our groundwater supplies, we also receive water from Lake Meredith and Lake Alan Henry.

Source: City of Lubbock, TX

Contaminants Found in Lubbock's Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

Arsenic

Arsenic is a potent carcinogen and common contaminant in drinking water. Arsenic causes thousands of cases of cancer each year in the U.S. 

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.

Bromoform

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

Chlorate

Chlorate forms in drinking water as a byproduct of disinfection. Chlorate impairs thyroid function, making chlorate exposure most harmful during pregnancy and childhood.

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.

Dibromochloromethane

Dibromochloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water.

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.

Fluoride

Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems. Fluoride may also be considered a neurotoxin.

 


Source: https://www.ewg.org

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of arsenic in excess of health guideline

Cancer:  The health guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic 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 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 bromoform in excess of health guideline

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.5 ppb for bromoform was proposed in 2018 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 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.

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 dibromochloromethane  in excess of health guidelines

Cancer & Birth Defects: Dibromochloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.

Source: https://www.ewg.org

Contaminant Levels in Lubbock, Texas Compared to Other Regions

 

Arsenic

 - Health Guideline: 0.004 ppb

 - State: 1.99 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 2.40 ppb

 - National: 1.30 ppb

Bromodichloromethane

 - Health Guideline: 0.4 ppb

 - State: 4.29 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 3.52 ppb

 - National: 4.37 ppb

Bromoform

 - Health Guideline: 0.5 ppb

 - State: 3.22 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 5.67 ppb

 - National: 1.77 ppb

Chlorate

 - Health Guideline: 50 ppb

 - State: 302.4 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 154 ppb

- National: 267.4 ppb

Chloroform

 - Health Guideline: 1.0 ppb

 - State: 6.64 ppb

 - National: 11.4 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 1.48 ppb

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 0.932 ppb

 - State: 0.265 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

Dichloroacetic acid

 - Health Guideline: 0.7 ppb

 - State: 6.35 ppb

 - National: 6.00 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 2.03 ppb

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - State: 25.8 ppb

 - National: 23.4 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 18.2 ppb

Trichloroacetic acid

 - Health Guideline: 0.5 ppb

 - State: 3.33 ppb

 - National: 4.93 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: 1.38 ppb

Fluoride

 

 - State: .684 ppb

 

 - National: .440 ppb

 - Lubbock, TX: .870

Radiological contaminants  

No information available about this contaminant but it cannot be good. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228).

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