Fort Worth - Do You Know What's In Your Water?
Fort Worth is known for its red meat, its cattle ranching, and down-home American, country values. It is not known for its water quality! Water quality is an important and often overlooked topic in households across America. It isn't talked about because water contaminants are present in all tap water sources. Water quality tells us if our drinking water contains contaminants that may cripple our health. Some harmful contaminants can come from the natural environment, such as microbial contaminants in soil or metals in rocks. Other harmful contaminants come from human sources, such as fertilizers, pesticides, industrial, and even household wastes.
We all use water on a daily basis. We use it not only to drink, but to bathe in, wash our clothes, water our gardens, cooking, and cleaning. The presence of contaminants in drinking water is not necessarily a health risk in which you need to alert health officials. It is just important to know exactly what is in your water. It’s about being proactive rather than reactive.
The following data is provided by EWG Tap Water Database for the City of Fort Worth. Per their website, It is important to note that the “tap water provided was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.” Water standards have not been updated in nearly 21 years and that legal water quality does not necessarily mean safe. “The best way to ensure clean tap water is to keep pollution out of source water in the first place.”
So, what’s exactly in your tap in Fort Worth, Texas?
Arsenic was found at 264 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Bromochloroacetic acid was found at 169 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Bromodichloromethane was found at 56 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Chloroform was found at 9.3 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dibromoacetic acid was found at 52 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dibromochloromethane was found at 32 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Dichloroacetic acid was found at 25 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Haloacetic acids (HAA5) was found at 83 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) was found at 77 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
These contaminants are just a few examples of what is actually found in your water. If you are discouraged, please know that we are here to provide you a free water test so that you can test your tap water yourself. It is important to be informed and then you can make the choice to install a filtration system. Another way to push for cleaner water for everyone is to advocate to the elected officials who have a say in water quality – talk to your HOA, your city hall, and the state legislature to Congress all the way to the Oval Office – by asking questions and demanding answers.
If you are interested in getting filtered water implemented in your home right away or that free water test, please call 833-ONIT-H2O. We stand ready to serve you!