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Plantation, Florida Water Quality Report

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Sources of Plantation, Florida Drinking Water

The city of Plantation gets its water from the Biscayne aquifer. The water treatment plants use an advanced thin film composite membrane in place of chemical softening to treat 13 million gallons a day (MGD) of raw groundwater from the Biscayne aquifer. This water is distributed to Plantation Utilities customers for drinking, cooking, washing, irrigation, leisure and fire protection.  Is Plantation's tap water safe to drink?  

Source: The city of Plantation, Florida

A list of contaminants in Plantation, Florida Water Supply 

(Detected above health guidelines)

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

Health risks of chlorate in excess of health guideline: Thyroid: The health guideline of 210 ppb for chlorate was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a benchmark for testing under the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule program. This health guideline protects against hormone disruption.

Chlorate: Health Guideline: 210.0 ppb

  • Plantation, FL : 322.0 ppb
  • State: 293.8 ppb
  • National: 114.0 ppb 

Radiological contaminants cancer: 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.

Health risks of Radiological contaminants

Uranium is a known human carcinogen. The federal legal limit for uranium is set at 30 micrograms per liter (corresponding to parts per billion), but utilities can also report uranium in picocuries per liter (pCi/L), which is a measure of radioactivity in water. EWG translated all uranium results to pCi/L using a conversion factor developed by the EPA. With this conversion approach, the limit of 30 ppb corresponds to 20 pCi/L. Drinking water with this much uranium would cause more than 4.6 cancer cases in a population of 100,000. California set a public health goal for uranium of 0.43 pCi/L.

Radiological contaminants: Health Guideline: N/A - No standard exist for this contaminant.

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.

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.

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs):

Health Guidelines: 0.8 ppb

  • State: 23.2 ppb
  • National: 23.4 ppb
  • Plantation, FL: 3.34 ppb
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