Is Amherst Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

User Submitted Ratings for Amherst Tap Water

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 23% Low
  • Water Pollution 41% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 78% High
  • Water Quality 59% Moderate

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Amherst, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

Can You Drink Tap Water in Amherst?

We don't have enough information to make a specific recommendation about the safety of drinking tap water in Amherst, New York.

However, based on information from nearby locations, the average water score in New York is a 59 out of 100.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Amherst.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for New York, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.

Click here to check out the water quality for New York


It is unfortunate but true that millions of Americans rely on bottled water to stay healthy. If you live in the Amherst, New Hampshire area, then you know how much of a problem drinking tap water can be. You might also have some questions about the bottled variety and the different types of filtration systems available to you.

First and foremost, if you are concerned about the quality of tap water in your home, don''t be. While it''s true that many bottled brands have better filtration technology than regular tap water, most of them still use what is called reverse osmosis.

There is absolutely no need for anyone to drink reverse osmosis water. In fact, research has shown that the chemical contaminants in tap water, particularly lead, are more of a threat than lead found in older pipes and water lines.

The best system for protecting your tap water is a multi-stage system. The type of system you use depends on your needs and where you live


Erie County Waterr Authority - Amherst

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the New York Department of Health - Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 80228
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Purchased surface water
  • Total: 20

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane*
  • Chloroform*
  • Chromium (hexavalent)*
  • Dibromochloromethane*
  • Dichloroacetic acid*
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)*
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)*
  • Trichloroacetic acid*

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Barium*
  • Bromoform*
  • Chlorate*
  • Chromium (total)*
  • Dibromoacetic acid*
  • Fluoride*
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)*
  • Molybdenum*
  • Monochloroacetic acid*
  • Nitrate*
  • Strontium*
  • Vanadium*


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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