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Drinking Water Quality
How to stay informed about the drinking water quality in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lee County, and Southwest Florida
In May 2011, NBC2 did a fantastic story on the drinking water in Lee County, entitled "NBC2 Investigates: What's in your drinking water?"
To summarize, eleven years after the famous Erin Brockovitch story about the chromium-6 cancer causing contaminated drinking water in Hinkley, CA, the Environmental Protection Agency tested 35 cities across the United States for the same chemical.
No chromium-6 was found in the Lee County well water samples, but chromium-6 was detected in the Lee County utilities water - seven times higher than the California proposed limit. County officials and local medical professionals disagreed on whether or not local residents should be concerned.
Lee County published the "2013 Water Quality Report" for the reporting period of January 1 - December 31, 2013. The reports examines water quality from the six different water treatment plants in Lee County. Lee County conducts this research as a part of an Environmental Protection Agency study. The findings state that no health standards are established for unregulated contaminants. However, it goes on to state that seven (7) unique sources of contamination were identified. Contaminants detected include (partial list):
1. Lead and Copper - possibly from household plumbing and erosion
2. Chlorine - possibly from use as an additive for microbe control
3. Haloacetic Acids - by-product of drinking water disinfection
4. Arsenic - possibly from erosion of natural deposits; runoff from orchards; runoff from glass and electronics production waste
5. Chromium ( -3 or -6) - possibly from discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion of natural deposits
6. Cyanide - possibly from discharge from steel/metal factories; discharge from plastic and fertilizer factories
At Ft. Myers Water, we highly recommend getting the water tested at your specific water sources to give you the peace of mind that your drinking water is free of unhealthy contaminants.
Contact us today to schedule your water test and let us help you to find the best possible solution for ensuring you have crystal clear, clean, pure water for your home or business. Fill out our contact form for your free consultation.