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Sources of Orlando, Florida Drinking Water

Where does Orlando, Florida get its drinking water from? Deep beneath Orange County (where Orlando is located) lies a freshwater reservoir known as the Floridan Aquifer. It is primarily fed through rainwater filtered through hundreds of feet of sand and rock in a natural filtering process. Because of its perceived high quality by local government officials, the groundwater use needs little or no treatment other than disinfection, aeration and of course chemically produced fluoride. Is Orlando's tap water safe to drink?

A list of contaminants in Orlando's Water Supply 

(Detected above health guidelines)

1,3-Butadiene

1,3-Butadiene is used in the production of rubber and plastics. It is also used in copolymers including acrylics.  No national drinking water standard exists

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) 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.

Potential health effects of consuming these contaminants

Health risks of 1,3-Butadiene in excess of health guideline

Cancer, Brain & Nervous System, Changes to Blood Cells, Changes to Kidneys: The health guideline of 0.0103 ppb for 1,3-butadiene was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a benchmark for testing under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule program. This health guideline protects against cancer.

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.

Contaminant Levels in Orlando's Water Supply

1,3-Butadiene

Health Guideline: 0.0103 ppb

  • Orlando: 0.0229 ppb
  • State: 0 ppb
  •  National: 0 ppb 

Chromium (hexavalent):

Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

  • Orlando: 0.782 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
  • Orlando: 56.4 ppb
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