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Maple Heights, Ohio Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water for Maple Heights, Ohio

Where does Maple Heights get its water from?  Maple Heights uses surface water drawn from Lake Erie as the source of our drinking water. The water that eventually ends up in your home starts about 3 miles out in Lake Erie before being treated to ensure it is safe to drink.

Lake Erie is one of the five lakes that make up the Great Lakes. In total, the Great Lakes contain about 21% of the Earth’s fresh water. Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes with an average depth of 62 feet.  Because it is so shallow, it is also the warmest Lake. Over 11 million people in Ontario, Canada, and the United States make their home along the shores of Lake Erie. Is Maple Heights' water safe to drink? Does the City of Maple Heights add fluoride to the water?  Yes, fluoride (A known neurotoxin) is also added to the water to prevent tooth decay. 

Source: City of Maple Heights (Cleveland Water)

Contaminants Found in Maple Heights' 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.

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.

Hormones

Hormones in drinking water come from human and animal wastewater discharged into drinking water sources. Conventional drinking water treatments, like a Brita pitcher, do not remove hormones.

Nitrate

Nitrate, a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff, and discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks. 

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. The fluoride that is added to water is not the naturally occurring kind, the main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as “silicofluorides” (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry (Gross!). Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — moreso than any other water treatment chemical. In addition, recent research suggests that the addition of silicofluorides to water is a risk factor for elevated lead exposure, particularly among residents who live in homes with old pipes.

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 hormones in excess of the health guideline

Unknown: This utility found Testosterone. Human sex hormones are sometimes detected at low concentrations in drinking water. There are no current health guidelines to determine whether these exposures are safe, or if they could pose a risk to human health.

Health risks of nitrate in excess of the health guideline

Cancer:  Excessive nitrate in water can cause oxygen deprivation in infants and increase the risk of cancer.

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.

Contaminant Levels in Maple Heights, OH's Water

Bromodichloromethane

- Health Guideline: 0.06 ppb

 - State: 6.04 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 8.02 ppb

 - National: 4.38 ppb

Chloroform

 - Health Guideline: 1.0 ppb

 - State: 10.6 ppb

 - National: 11.4 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 13.1 ppb

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 0.103 ppb

 - State: 0.155 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

Dibromochloromethane

 - Health Guideline: 0.1 ppb

 - State: 4.56 ppb

 - National: 2.99 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 3.94 ppb

Dichloroacetic acid

 - Health Guideline: 0.7 ppb

 - State: 4.27 ppb

 - National: 5.97 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 9.25 ppb

Hormones

No standards exist for this contaminant (yikes!).

Nitrate

 - Health Guideline: 0.14 ppb

 - State: 0.563 ppb

 - National: 1.01 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 0.362 ppb

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - State: 23.5 ppb

 - National: 23.6 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 25.3 ppb

Trichloroacetic Acid

 - Health Guideline: 0.5 ppb

 - State: 2.74 ppb

 - National: 4.93 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 6.11 ppb

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.

Fluoride

 - Legal Limit: 4 ppb

 - State: 0.760 ppb

 - National: 0.440 ppb

 - Maple Heights, OH: 1.04 ppb

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