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Miramar, Florida Water Quality Report

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Sources of Miramar, Florida Drinking Water

Miramar’s drinking water comes from the Biscayne Aquifer, a huge underground reservoir that is made of coral rock. The Aquifer’s thickness ranges from 60 to 150 feet below ground surface in Miramar and is fed by Lake Okeechobee, the Everglades and from rainfall directly over the Aquifer. Water is then drawn from the Aquifer by supply wells and is processed in two treatment plants before distribution to your home. A Source Water Assessment provides information about ground water quality prior to treatment and distribution.

Source: City of Miramar

A list of contaminants in Miramar's Water Supply 

(Detected above health guidelines)

Perfluorinated Chemicals

Perfluorinated chemicals are a group of synthetic compounds used in hundreds of products from nonstick pans to stain-repellent clothing, wire coatings and firefighting foam.

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. 

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.

Radiological contaminants  

Radiological contaminants leach into water from certain minerals and from mining. This utility detected Uranium.

Potential health effects of consuming these contaminants

Health risks of Perfluorinated Chemicals in excess of health guideline

Endocrine Disruption | Cancer:  These chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, thyroid changes, and cancer risk. Sometimes referred to as PFC, PFOA, PFOS, or PFCs.

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 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 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.

Contaminant Levels in Miramar's Water Supply

Perfluorinated Chemicals (Status): 

No national drinking water standard exists. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. PFOS and other perfluorinated chemicals can cause serious health effects, including cancer, endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, and thyroid changes. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and they accumulate in people.

Chromium (hexavalent):

Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

  • Miramar: 0.0367 ppb
  • State: 0.155 ppb
  • National: 0.782 ppb 
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs):

Health Guidelines: 0.8 ppb

  • State: 23.2 ppb
  • National: 23.4 ppb
  • Miramar: 47.6 ppb

Radiological contaminants (Status) : 

No standards or information available about this contaminant but it cannot be good. This utility detected 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.

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