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Medford, OR Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Medford, Oregon

Where does Medford, Oregon get its water from?  Mount McLoughlin provides more than a majestic view for Rogue Valley residents. The 9,500-foot landmark is the water source for 125,000 people in Medford, Central Point, Eagle Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, Talent, White City and four rural water districts served by the Medford Water Commission. Melting snow filters through the porous lava on the mountain and surfaces at Big Butte Springs near the town of Butte Falls. Is Medford's water safe to drink?

Source: City of Medford, Oregon

Contaminants Found in Medford's Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

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. Read more about chromium (hexavalent).

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. 

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of Chromium (hexavalent) in excess of the health guidelines

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 Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) in excess of the health guidelines 

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.

Contaminant Levels Compared to Other Regions

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

 - State: 0.236 ppb

 - Medford, OR: 0.159 ppb

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - State: 22.9 ppb

 - National: 23.4 ppb

 - Medford, OR: 6.43 ppb

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