The estimated price of bottled water
$2.48 in USD (1.5-liter)
User Submitted Ratings for Anchorage Tap Water
- Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 5% Very Low
- Water Pollution 19% Very Low
- Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 95% Very High
- Water Quality 81% Very High
The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Anchorage, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).
Table of Contents1) The estimated price of bottled water2) User Submitted Ratings for Anchorage Tap Water3) Related FAQs4) Can You Drink Tap Water in Anchorage?5) Water Quality Report for Anchorage Tap Water6) Anchorage Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years7) Is there Lead in Anchorage Water?8) Are there PFAS in Anchorage Tap Water?9) Anchorage SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years10) What do these Violations Mean?11) Can You Drink Tap Water in Anchorage?12) Anchorage Tap Water13) Anchorage Drinking Water14) Anchorage Water Treatment15) Anchorage Safe Drinking Water16) Anchorage Water Quality17) Anchorage Water Sources18) Anchorage Treatment Plant19) Anchorage Drinking Water Standards20) Anchorage Water Contaminants21) Contaminants22) Sources and Resources
Can You Drink Tap Water in Anchorage?
Yes, Anchorage's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Anchorage has no active health based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) that we are aware of. Other factors such as lead piping in a home, or low levels of pollutants on immunocompromised individuals, should also be considered, however. For the latest updates on Anchorage water, please check out its Twitter page
According the EPA’s ECHO database, from July 30, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2021, Anchorage's water utility, MOA MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE, had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. The last violation for Anchorage was resolved on March 31, 2018. This assessment is based on the MOA MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE water system, other water systems in the city may have different results.
While tap water that meets the EPA health guidelines generally won’t make you sick to your stomach, it can still contain regulated and unregulated contaminants present in trace amounts that could potentially cause health issues over the long-run. These trace contaminants may also impact immunocompromised and vulnerable individuals.
Water Quality Report for Anchorage Tap Water
The most recent publicly available numbers for measured contaminant levels in Anchorage tap water are in its 2020 Water Quality Report. As you can see, there are levels which the EPA considers to be acceptable, but being below the maximum allowable level doesn’t necessarily mean the water is healthy.
Lead in tap water, for example, is currently allowed at up to 15ppb by the EPA, but it has set the ideal goal for lead at zero. This highlights how meeting EPA standards doesn’t necessarily mean local tap water is healthy.
EPA regulations continue to change as it evaluates the long term impacts of chemicals and updates drinking water acceptable levels. The rules around arsenic, as well as, lead and copper are currently being re-evaluated.
There are also a number of "emerging" contaminants that are not currently. For example, PFAS (Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances), for which the EPA has issued a health advisory. PFAS are called "forever chemicals" since they tend not to break down in the environment or the human body and can accumulate over time.
We recommend looking at the contaminants present in Anchorage's water quality reports, or getting your home's tap water tested to see if you should be filtering your water.
Anchorage Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years
Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named MOA MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE for Anchorage in Alaska. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.
From Jan. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018, Anchorage had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) which falls into the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code group, and the Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: CARBON, TOTAL.
From Nov. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018, Anchorage had 2 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violations with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) which falls into the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code group, and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code family for the following contaminant codes: TTHM, Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5).
From Jan. 1, 2016 to Dec. 31, 2016, Anchorage had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Regular which falls into the Chemicals rule code group, and the Inorganic Chemicals rule code family for the following contaminant code: Nitrate.
For the compliance period beginning July 1, 2011, Anchorage had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Other Violation, more specifically, the violation code was Consumer Confidence Report Complete Failure to Report which falls into the Other rule code group, and the Consumer Confidence Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Consumer Confidence Rule.
Is there Lead in Anchorage Water?
Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Anchorage water system, MOA MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0 mg/L of lead in Anchorage water. This is 0% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Anchorage contained more lead.
While Anchorage water testing may have found 0.0 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.
No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.
Are there PFAS in Anchorage Tap Water?
Currently, testing tap water for PFAS isn’t mandated on a national level. We do have a list of military bases where there have been suspected or confirmed leaks. There appears to be at least one military base - Elmendorf Air Force Base - near Anchorage with suspected leaks.
With many potential sources of PFAS in tap water across the US, the best information we currently have about which cities have PFAS in their water is this ewg map, which you can check to see if Anchorage has been evaluated for yet.
Our stance is better safe than sorry, and that it makes sense to try to purify the tap water just in case.
Anchorage SDWA Violation History Table - Prior 10 Years
|Compliance Period||Status||Health-Based?||Category Code||Code||Rule Code||Contaminant Code||Rule Group Code||Rule Family Code|
|01/01/2018 - 03/31/2018||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27)||Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (210)||CARBON, TOTAL (2920)||Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200)||Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (210)|
|11/01/2017 - 01/31/2018||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27)||Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)||TTHM (2950)||Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200)||Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)|
|11/01/2017 - 01/31/2018||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27)||Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)||Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (2456)||Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200)||Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)|
|01/01/2016 - 12/31/2016||Resolved||No||Monitoring and Reporting (MR)||Monitoring, Regular (03)||Nitrates (331)||Nitrate (1040)||Chemicals (300)||Inorganic Chemicals (330)|
|07/01/2011 -||Resolved||No||Other Violation (Other)||Consumer Confidence Report Complete Failure to Report (71)||Consumer Confidence Rule (420)||Consumer Confidence Rule (7000)||Other (400)||Consumer Confidence Rule (420)|
What do these Violations Mean?
Safe Drinking Water Act Violations categories split into two groups, health based, and non-health based. Generally, health based violations are more serious, though non-health based violations can also be cause for concern.
Health Based Violations
- Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
- Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
- Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.
Non-Health Based Violations
- Monitoring and reporting violations (MR, MON) - failure to conduct the required regular monitoring of drinking water quality, and/or to submit monitoring results on time.
- Public notice violations (Other) - failure to immediately alert consumers if there is a serious problem with their drinking water that may pose a risk to public health.
- Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.
SDWA Table Key
|Compliance Period||Dates of the compliance period.|
Current status of the violation.
|Health-Based?||Whether the violation is health based.|
The category of violation that is reported.
|Code||A full description of violation codes can be accessed in the SDWA_REF_CODE_VALUES (CSV) table.|
|Contaminant Code||A code value that represents a contaminant for which a public water system has incurred a violation of a primary drinking water regulation.|
Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
|Rule Group Code||
Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
|Rule Family Code||
Code for rule family.
For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.
Can You Drink Tap Water in Anchorage?
Yes, tap water is drinkable.
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 Anchorage.
To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Alaska, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.
Anchorage Tap Water
Have you ever gone to your refrigerator and wondered how come you can’t buy a bottle of Anchorage tap water? It’s true, the city of Anchorage, Alaska actually allows you to fill up your own bottles of water. Why would that be? Well, the reason is quite straightforward really. The city of Anchorage, Alaska buys all of its water from a major water bottling company, and all the other cities and towns in the state are too far away for the water to travel in. That means when the bottle of Anchorage tap water gets home, it’s immediately sent out by truck or plane to the city.
That’s all fine and dandy if you live in a place where the water never freezes over. However, in Anchorage, Alaska, the weather is notorious for cold temperatures for more than six months out of the year. That means that the majority of the time you won’t have access to any bottled water in your home. That’s okay though because there are other places in Alaska where you can get water. In fact, the majority of the resorts in the Alaskan state have full-service bars that offer free refills on their bottled water. Once again, that’s if you live anywhere else in Alaska.
So, it seems like we have made a pretty clear case. Do yourself a favor and order your own bottle of Anchorage water instead of wasting money on bottled water that doesn’t work in your refrigerator. If you do end up with some of that free water though, don’t waste it. Instead, drink it right away. It’ll make a world of difference!
Anchorage Drinking Water
Alaska’s Anchorage drinking water supply is probably better than almost anywhere in the nation. The city’s water comes from Lake Creek, which is a source of the North Channel. This is one of the largest rivers flowing in the state and is separated into two branches: the Kenai and the Kvichak basins. Each has its own water intake according to their maps, with the Kenai at the lower end of the river. Lake Creek itself supplies the vast majority of the Anchorage population and all of its water distribution.
Bottled water, as it is known here, came about a few years ago when Anchorage resident Bob Ward was tired of using tap water and decided he’d give the city a try. He bought a few cases of his own brand and started distributing them throughout the city. Within a short time, people were buying his product en masse. Since then, more stores have installed walk-in bottles of their own brand, allowing residents to enjoy their own glass of drinking water without paying a penny.
Anchorage is lucky to have such a phenomenal supply of clean drinking water, which means that people everywhere are taking advantage of it. It is a fact that most of the cost of bottled water goes to the company that ships it around, so even the people who purchase it still pay for their plastic at home. Anchorage has taken a proactive approach to this issue, however, and has banned the use of Styrofoam and other similar materials when storing bottles of water in city buildings. While some locals still adhere to an old-fashioned approach to bottle-swilling, the ban has made a huge impact on the city and, perhaps, the rest of the country.
Anchorage Water Treatment
Anchorage water treatment is a top-notch concern for the Anchorage residents. The city’s water supply is deceptively pure given the fact that it flows from the Kenai River, and even though the Kenai River drains into the Arctic Ocean, the Anchorage water is treated at an advanced stage by sophisticated treatment plants. But the Anchorage water treatment plants are highly efficient and are capable of processing more than ten million gallons of water per day. This translates to huge quantities of untreated water that ends up in the different municipal pipes, thus carrying harmful pollutants further into the atmosphere.
The city of Anchorage has been fighting a tough bout with pollution in recent times. The number of car exhausts has dramatically increased recently, with more than twenty million liters of oil and gasoline being dumped in the sea on a daily basis. These emissions have resulted in the melting of the arctic sea ice, which has led to less than desirable conditions for the fish population in the region. Anchorage water treatment plants have been putting in place measures to clean up the contaminated water, but the problem will continue unless drastic measures are implemented.
Anchorage is quite fortunate in the sense that they have a number of treatment plants spread out amongst the different districts. Water is distributed amongst the different districts through pipelines, hence the contamination in the city does not come from one particular pipe leading from the plant. The water is then handled using ultraviolet light to kill all the microorganisms and algae that are present in the water. The Anchorage water treatment center also ensures that the treated water is supplied to homes, offices, and other establishments.
Anchorage Safe Drinking Water
When people in Anchorage move to the city, they often wonder what is safe for them to drink, because if there really is safe drinking water then why there are so many people suffering from hepatitis and other water-borne illnesses? There are some excellent water systems throughout Alaska, and although the treatment facilities aren’t as up to par with those found in other states, they are still good enough to provide safe drinking water. This article will help those considering a move in Anchorage to make sure that their water is absolutely safe to drink. It will also explain what the best method of purification is, whether by reverse osmosis or another type of filtration system.
First of all, it should be noted that the water quality in Anchorage is just fine. It is just that some people in the city are at higher risk of developing certain water-borne illnesses than others. If you are concerned about the quality of your local water supply, then you should contact your municipal water utility and ask for testing kits or advice. The drinking water tested by the city last year was found to contain slightly above the national standard, which isn’t too bad given that it was the only water supply tested. The problem was a result of incorrectly testing the supply by one company, which sent contaminated water to a number of different testing sites.
The most important thing when considering how to find safe drinking water in Anchorage is to understand how contaminated the supply actually is. When you buy bottled water in Anchorage, know that the company has to buy the water from a wholesaler, and then send the sealed bottles through the post. Once there, they have to store the water in large storage tanks, which can get contaminated over time without the proper precautions being taken. Not all homes have these large tanks sitting around, so those who do may have an even higher risk of their water becoming contaminated, especially with the amount of waste that is created in the city’s plumbing system. With that said, you’ll want to invest in a good water filtration system that will be able to provide you with pure water from your tap at all times.
Anchorage Water Quality
If you are looking for the best Anchorage water quality then you have come to the right place. Anchorage is known as the “Greenstone of the East” and the Chugach Mountains that cover this city are among the most beautiful places to visit in Alaska. As a matter of fact, when the winter weather hits the state, Alaska literally glows with outdoor recreational activities. If you love hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and other winter sports, then you should come to Anchorage.
The City of Anchorage has seen a recent increase in tourism due to its vast wilderness area and spectacular views. A large portion of Anchorage’s population lives in the mountains surrounding the city, which make up about 42% of the total population. Alaska’s largest city is located on the Kenai Peninsula and is surrounded by the vast tundra-like landmass of Alaska. The great combination of natural resources and human-made infrastructure in Anchorage makes this city the perfect vacation or permanent home for people from all around the world.
One way that the city of Anchorage keeps its water quality in mind is that they implement strict rules when it comes to new development. In order to qualify for a zoning permit, developers need to build homes that conserve energy. This is why some of the houses in the area are so environmentally friendly. There is also a strict requirement that the roads are kept safe and the stormwater runoff properly so that the Anchorage water quality remains at its pristine levels.
Anchorage Water Sources
There are plenty of water sources in Anchorage, Alaska that will satisfy any craving you may have for a cold drink or a nice hot cup of coffee. The city is blessed with a number of natural bodies of water, including two major rivers that provide clean and clean drinking water to residents of Anchorage. Another natural body of water in the Anchorage area is the Anchorage National Seashore. The seashore is managed by the National Park Service and offers access to a number of hiking and wildlife trails, viewing wildlife such as salmon and eagles, and recreational opportunities like swimming, boating, and surfing.
Because the city of Anchorage is located in an area where weather can be extreme every day of the year, it is important that you find a reliable plumbing company in Anchorage that can take care of your plumbing needs. Anchorage is fortunate to have a number of great water sources that are not only dependable but also cost-effective when compared to using bottled water. The two major rivers in Anchorage are the Anchorage Creek watershed. These rivers offer clean and fresh water and are easy to reach from your home or business with the help of a local company that can take care of all your water needs. Another great source of water in the Anchorage area is the Anchorage main sewer line, which is able to handle the needs of the growing population of Anchorage.
If you are interested in using alternative forms of water, there are still plenty of Anchorage water sources available. The city of Anchorage is also fortunate to have one of the largest water recycling plants in the nation, so if you feel like you need to go green you will not be alone. There are also several waterfalls that are available to the public, so if you love to see nature in its natural form in your own backyard you should definitely head to the mountains and set your eyes on some of the waterfalls in the Anchorage area. Whether you choose to drink, bathe, or use the water in your outdoor water feature, you will be happy with the many Anchorage water sources that you will be able to find in the Anchorage area. Whether you want water from the creek, lake, or river there will be enough water sources for you to enjoy.
Anchorage Treatment Plant
The Anchorage Treatment Plantation is one of the two wastewater treatment plants located in Anchorage. The other plant is located in Seward. These two wastewater treatment plants process all residential and commercial stormwater runoff and sewage runoff that come through the city of Anchorage. They are separated by approximately a mile. This separation makes it easier for Anchorage to process all the stormwater that it does.
One of the primary functions of these treatment plants is to remove grease, oils, and organic materials from the stormwater. After this, it is treated and cleaned before it is released into the environment. Once cleaned, the water is conveyed into dedicated sewers. There, the stormwater is filtered and disinfected to make it safe to re-enter the community.
Anchorage has two different types of stormwater septic tanks. The first is a low-capacity septic tank. This tank is designed for residential customers and has a smaller capacity than the larger, more popular stormwater tank. This tank is also less expensive to operate. It is important that you contact your local Alaska stormwater treatment plant to determine what your options are for your septic system.
Anchorage Drinking Water Standards
Anchorage is a beautiful city and if you want to have a healthy life, then you need to make sure that your drinking water is safe. This is not easy to find out because most of the drinking water that is supplied to homes and businesses is treated in a municipal water treatment facility before it is distributed. However, this treatment does not guarantee that it is safe for consumption. You will need to regularly check the quality of your tap water and this can be a big job.
There are several different environmental factors that contribute to the quality of your water, but these problems are usually addressed by the municipal governments. If you are having problems with Anchorage water quality, you should call your city hall and ask what measures are being taken to improve the situation. Some of the problems that are common are excessive chlorine, fluoride in the water, bacteria, rust, and iron, among others. These problems can actually cause serious health complications, especially in children. Therefore, it is extremely important that you take the time to learn about the different standards set forth by the Alaska Department of Health.
The standards are designed to protect you and ensure that the water that your family consumes is clean and pure. However, if you live in an area that has stricter drinking water standards, then your municipal authority may not be as strict as you would like. In addition, there are still some other issues that are associated with your drinking water. These include testing for microorganisms, such as Giardia or Cryptosporidium, that may be in the water. However, these tests cannot detect the presence of some naturally occurring contaminants and they do not occur very often in Anchorage, therefore it is imperative that you check the quality of your municipal drinking water regularly.
Anchorage Water Contaminants
In some areas of Alaska, there are measurable amounts of contaminants in the water. These contaminants can include chemicals, bacteria, and other contaminants in the ocean. When fish are harvested in these areas, the pollutants that enter the water and contaminate it are commonly referred to as algal bloom. Algae bloom happens when the growth of algae produces more waste than the system can deal with. This waste may contain more contaminants than what the system can process and thus makes the water undrinkable.
The types of pollutants that can be found in the ocean by samples taken in the Pacific Ocean include nitrates, nitrites, turbidity, and the presence of metal ions. Although, some of these materials do not enter the ocean when the fish moves they can still impact marine life. Some types of pollutants can alter the growth patterns of the fish and change their reproductive behavior. When the fish reproduce too quickly or too slowly this can have disastrous effects on the ecosystems.
Fish reproduce faster during certain times of the year. This is because the temperature is warmer during that time of year. If the temperature rises high enough, it can cause the male fish to spawn too early. This can create a rapid depletion of the male fish and can lead to a spawning event that does not lead to survival. It also can lead to a female fish spawning too late.
Municipality of Anchorage
EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, 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.
- Serves: 221351
- Data available: 2012-2017
- Data Source: Surface water
- Total: 26
Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines
- Chromium (hexavalent)
- Dichloroacetic acid
- Nitrate and nitrite
- Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
- Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
- Trichloroacetic acid
Other Detected Contaminants
- Chromium (total)
- Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
- Mercury (inorganic)
- Monobromoacetic acid
- Monochloroacetic acid
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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