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Scranton, PA Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Scranton, Pennsylvania

Where does Scranton get its water from? The raw drinking water supply is a combination of surface water and groundwater sources. The surface water sources are the surface waters Williams Bridge, Lake Scranton, Elmhurst, Dunmore #1, Dunmore #3, Dunmore #4, Dunmore #7, and Marshbrook Reservoirs. Eleven groundwater wells supplement the intakes. They are located several miles northwest of the Lake Scranton treatment plant which is located in Roaring Brook Does  Scranton put fluoride in the water?  Is Scranton's water safe to drink?

Source: City of Scranton, PA

Contaminants Found in Scranton's 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.

Hormones 

This utility detected 4-Androstene-3,17-dione. Hormones in drinking water come from human and animal wastewater discharged into drinking water sources. Conventional drinking water treatment does not remove hormones.

Radiological contaminants  

Radiological contaminants leach into water from certain minerals and from mining. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228), Radium-228 & Uranium.

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 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 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.

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 hormones in excess of health guideline

Endocrine Disruption: Hormones in drinking water come from human and animal wastewater discharged into drinking water sources. Conventional drinking water treatment does not remove hormones.

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.

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Contaminant Levels in Scranton, PA Compared to Other Regions

Bromodichloromethane

- Health Guideline: 0.06 ppb

 - State: 3.92 ppb

 - Scranton, PA: 8.79 ppb

 - National: 4.38 ppb

Chloroform

 - Health Guideline: 1.0 ppb

 - State: 10.4 ppb

 - National: 11.4 ppb

 - Scranton, PA: 37.6 ppb

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - Scranton, PA: 0.0557 ppb

 - State: 0.150 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

Dibromochloromethane

 - Health Guideline: 0.7 ppb

 - State: 2.28 ppb

 - National: 6.00 ppb

 - Scranton, PA: 2.17 ppb

Hormones

No drinking water standards exist for these contaminants which cannot be good (Yikes). This utility detected Testosterone.

Radiological contaminants  

No drinking standard exist regarding this contaminant but it cannot be good. This utility detected Uranium in the drinking water. 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.

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - State: 17.7 ppb

 - National: 23.4 ppb

 - Scranton, PA: 48.7 ppb

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