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Strafford, PA Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Strafford, Pennsylvania

Where does Strafford get its water from? Water for the Main Division comes from seven surface water sources and a number of ground water sites (wells). Source water assessments were completed in 2002 and 2003 for the Chester, Ridley, Crum, Pickering, Perkiomen and Neshaminy creeks, and the Schuylkill River and for the wells in the Main Division. The sources overall have a moderate risk of significant contamination. Does  Strafford put fluoride in the water? Yes. 

Is Strafford's water safe to drink? 

Source: Unincorporated City of Strafford

Contaminants Found in Strafford's Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

1,2,3 Trichloropropane

1,2,3-Trichloropropane is a potent carcinogen that contaminates drinking water in agricultural regions where it was historically used as soil fumigant. 

Tetrachloroethylene

Dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, or perc, can cause cancer. It pollutes soil and groundwater due to emissions from dry cleaning facilities, and automotive, metalworking and other industries.

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.

Radiological contaminants  

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

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. 

Fluoride

Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems. The fluoride that is added to water is not the naturally occurring kind, the main chemicals used to fluoridate drinking water are known as “silicofluorides” (i.e., hydrofluorosilicic acid and sodium fluorosilicate). Silicofluorides are not pharmaceutical-grade fluoride products; they are unprocessed industrial by-products of the phosphate fertilizer industry (Gross!). Since these silicofluorides undergo no purification procedures, they can contain elevated levels of arsenic — moreso than any other water treatment chemical. In addition, recent research suggests that the addition of silicofluorides to water is a risk factor for elevated lead exposure, particularly among residents who live in homes with old pipes.

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of 1,2,3 Trichloropropane in excess of health guideline

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.0007 ppb for 1,2,3-trichloropropane 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 Tetrachloroethylene in excess of health guideline

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.06 ppb for tetrachloroethylene 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 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.

Health risks of Fluoride in excess of health guidelines 

No drinking standard exists for fluoride but has been banned in Europe. 

Contaminant Levels in Strafford, PA Compared to Other Regions

1,2,3 Trichloropropane

- Health Guideline: 0.0007 ppb

 - State: 0.000138 ppb

 - Strafford, PA: 0.00829 ppb

 - National: 0.000381 ppb

Tetrachloroethylene

 - Health Guideline: 1.0 ppb

 - State: 0.0330 ppb

 - National: 0.0143 ppb

 - Strafford, PA: 0.647 ppb

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - Strafford, PA: 0.279 ppb

 - State: 0.150 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

 - Health Guideline: 0.8 ppb

 - State: 17.7 ppb

 - National: 23.4 ppb

 - Strafford, PA: 46.8 ppb 

Fluoride

 - Legal Limit: 4 ppb

 - State: 0.0927 ppb

 - National: 0.440 ppb

 - Strafford, PA: 0.0358 ppb

Radiological contaminants  

No drinking standard exist regarding this contaminant but it cannot be good. This utility detected Radium, combined (-226 & -228), Radium-226 & Radium-228 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.

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