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Is Boca Raton Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 7:47 pm, July 19, 2022
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Can You Drink Tap Water in Boca Raton?

Yes, Boca Raton's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Boca Raton 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. To find more recent info we might have, you can check out our boil water notice page or the city's water provider website.

According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Boca Raton's water utility, Boca Raton Wtp, had 1 health-based violations and 1 non-health-based violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. The last violation for Boca Raton was resolved on Aug. 31, 2019. This assessment is based on the Boca Raton Wtp 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.

The EPA is reviewing if it’s current regulations around pollutant levels in tap water are strict enough, and the health dangers posed by unregulated pollutants, like PFAS.

Water Quality Report for Boca Raton Tap Water

The most recent publicly available numbers for measured contaminant levels in Boca Raton 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 Boca Raton's water quality reports, or getting your home's tap water tested to see if you should be filtering your water.

Boca Raton Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years

Below is a ten year history of violations for the water system named Boca Raton Wtp for Boca Raton in Florida. For more details please see the "What do these Violations Mean?" section below.

For the compliance period beginning Aug. 1, 2019, Boca Raton had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Reporting Violation, more specifically, the violation code was Reporting, Assessment Forms (RTCR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Total Coliform Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Revised Total Coliform Rule.

From Aug. 1, 2019 to Aug. 31, 2019, Boca Raton had 1 health-based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, more specifically, the violation code was Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, E. coli (RTCR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Total Coliform Rules rule code family for the following contaminant code: Revised Total Coliform Rule.

For the compliance period beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Boca Raton had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R which falls into the Chemicals rule code group, and the Lead and Copper Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Lead and Copper Rule.

For the compliance period beginning Aug. 1, 2012, Boca Raton had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Other Violation, more specifically, the violation code was Public Notification Violation without NPDWR Violation which falls into the Other rule code group, and the Public Notice Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Public Notice.

Is there Lead in Boca Raton Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Boca Raton water system, Boca Raton Wtp, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0018 mg/L of lead in Boca Raton water. This is 12.0% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Boca Raton contained more lead.

While Boca Raton water testing may have found 0.0018 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 Boca Raton 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 no military bases near Boca Raton 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 Boca Raton 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.

Boca Raton 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
08/01/2019 - Resolved No Reporting Violation (RPT) Reporting, Assessment Forms (RTCR) (4A) Revised Total Coliform Rule (111) Revised Total Coliform Rule (8000) Microbials (100) Total Coliform Rules (110)
08/01/2019 - 08/31/2019 Resolved Yes Maximum Contaminant Level Violation (MCL) Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, E. coli (RTCR) (1A) Revised Total Coliform Rule (111) Revised Total Coliform Rule (8000) Microbials (100) Total Coliform Rules (110)
01/01/2018 - Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R (52) Lead and Copper Rule (350) Lead and Copper Rule (5000) Chemicals (300) Lead and Copper Rule (350)
08/01/2012 - Resolved No Other Violation (Other) Public Notification Violation without NPDWR Violation (76) Public Notice Rule (410) Public Notice (7500) Other (400) Public Notice Rule (410)

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

  1. Maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) - maximum allowed contaminant level was exceeded.
  2. Maximum residual disinfectant levels (MRDLs) - maximum allowed disinfectant level was exceeded.
  3. Other violations (Other) - the exact required process to reduce the amounts of contaminants in drinking water was not followed.

Non-Health Based Violations

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Other violations (Other) - miscellaneous violations, such as failure to issue annual consumer confidence reports or maintain required records.

SDWA Table Key

Field Description
Compliance Period Dates of the compliance period.
Status Current status of the violation.
  • Resolved - The violation has at least one resolving enforcement action. In SDWIS, this indicates that either the system has returned to compliance from the violation, the rule that was violated was no longer applicable, or no further action was needed.
  • Archived - The violation is not Resolved, but is more than five years past its compliance period end date. In keeping with the Enforcement Response Policy, the violation no longer contributes to the public water system's overall compliance status. Unresolved violations are also marked as Archived when a system ceases operations (becomes inactive).
  • Addressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and is addressed by one or more formal enforcement actions.
  • Unaddressed - The violation is not Resolved or Archived, and has not been addressed by formal enforcement.
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Health-Based? Whether the violation is health based.
Category Code
The category of violation that is reported.
  • TT - Treatment Technique Violation
  • MRDL - Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level
  • Other - Other Violation
  • MCL - Maximum Contaminant Level Violation
  • MR - Monitoring and Reporting
  • MON - Monitoring Violation
  • RPT - Reporting Violation
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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.
Rule Code Code for a National Drinking Water rule.
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rule
  • 121 - Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 122 - Long Term 1 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 123 - Long Term 2 Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Ground Water Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 331 - Nitrates
  • 332 - Arsenic
  • 333 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 111 - Revised Total Coliform Rule
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Rule Group Code Code that uniquely identifies a rule group.
  • 120 - Surface Water Treatment Rules
  • 130 - Filter Backwash Rule
  • 140 - Groundwater Rule
  • 210 - Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 220 - Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 230 - Total Trihalomethanes
  • 310 - Volatile Organic Chemicals
  • 320 - Synthetic Organic Chemicals
  • 330 - Inorganic Chemicals
  • 340 - Radionuclides
  • 350 - Lead and Copper Rule
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
  • 110 - Total Coliform Rules
  • 410 - Public Notice Rule
  • 420 - Consumer Confidence Rule
  • 430 - Miscellaneous
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Rule Family Code Code for rule family.
  • 100 - Microbials
  • 200 - Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule
  • 300 - Chemicals
  • 400 - Other
  • 500 - Not Regulated
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For more clarification please visit the EPA's data dictionary.

Boca Raton Water - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CONTACT BOCA RATON CUSTOMER SERVICE?
To contact customer service for the Boca Raton water provider, Boca Raton Wtp, please use the information below.
By Phone: 561-239-3071
By Mail: 201 WEST PALMETTO PARK ROAD
BOCA RATON, FL, 33432
HOW TO PAY BILL FOR BOCA RATON WTP
Already have an account?

Existing customers can login to their Boca Raton Wtp account to pay their Boca Raton water bill by clicking here.

Want to create a new account?

If you want to pay your Boca Raton Wtp bill online and haven't made an account yet, you can create an account online. Please click here to create your account to pay your Boca Raton water bill.

Want to pay without an account?

If you don't want to make an account, or can't remember your account, you can make a one-time payment towards your Boca Raton water bill without creating an account using a one time payment portal with your account number and credit or debit card. Click here to make a one time payment.

HOW TO START & STOP BOCA RATON WATER SERVICE
Starting Your Service

Moving to a new house or apartment in Boca Raton means you will often need to put the water in your name with Boca Raton Wtp. In order to put the water in your name, please click the link to the start service form below. Start service requests for water bills typically take two business days.

Start Service Form

Want to create a new account?

Leaving your house or apartment in Boca Raton means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with Boca Raton Wtp. In order to take your name off the water bill, please click the link to the stop service form below. Stop service for water bills requests typically take two business days.

Stop Service Form

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.61 in USD (1.5-liter)

USER SUBMITTED RATINGS

Boca Raton tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 20% Low
  • Water Pollution 32% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 80% Very High
  • Water Quality 68% High

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

Related FAQS

Boca Raton Water Quality Report (Consumer Confidence Report)

The EPA mandates that towns and cities consistently monitor and test their tap water. They must report their findings in an annual Consumer Confidence Report. Below is the most recent water quality report from Boca Raton's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.

2020 ANNUAL

DRINKING WATER

QUALITYQUAL TYREPORT

OF THE CITY OF

BOCA RATON

COMMUNITY AT WORK

The COVID-19 Pandemic is an urgent issue that is affecting everyone in our community, our nation, and our world. As a result, the City has taken unprecedented actions to protect the health, safety, and welfare of our residents. We want you to know the safety of your water and wastewater services is our priority. The City has a strong track record of preparing for emergencies, including a potential pandemic. As a result, the Utility Services Department:

  • Has implemented proactive asset management programs, including infrastructure assessments and upgrades, that have established automation and redundancy in our systems.
  • Continues to use filtration and disinfection to remove or kill viruses including
    COVID-19. Is continuously monitoring to ensure the water produced, as well as the water returned to the environment, is safe.
  • Has implemented ongoing safety measures for our critical infrastructure workforce, including sanitizing equipment and ongoing communication about hygiene to prevent any potential spread of the virus.
  • Has restricted access to our water and wastewater facilities to our essential team members for enhanced security. You can be assured our highest priority is the health, safety and physical well-being of our team members and you. We are coordinating with State and Federal agencies on safety and security practices for water and wastewater treatment plants. We recognize the essential role we play to help keep our community healthy and safe, especially in times of crisis. We want to assure you that we are taking every precaution to prevent the spread of COVID-19 while we continue to serve you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

We encourage public interest and participation in decisions affecting our community’s drinking water. Regular City Council meetings usually occur on the second and fourth

Tuesdays of each month at 6:00 pm at City Hall. As of April 2020, all meetings are being held virtually. For information on meeting schedules and agendas and learn how to participate virtually visit the City’s website at www.myboca.us or contact 561-393-7740.

WATER

CONSERVATION

The City of Boca Raton Utility Services Department continues to remain in the forefront of new and emerging water treatment technology as well as alternative water supply technologies in support of water conservation. Water conservation is the most cost-effective and environmentally sound way to reduce our demand for water. The City has joined the State and other local water district agencies to proclaim and support April as Water Conservation Month. This annual proclamation focuses on increasing awareness and the importance of conservation efforts by citizens.

The City’s Utility Services Department, supported by a proclamation by Mayor Scott Singer, urges the City of Boca Raton residents and businesses to take steps to help protect our precious resource by practicing water-saving measures and become more aware of the need to conserve water.

SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENTS

In 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) per- formed a Source Water Assessment on the City’s wellfield system in order to ensure our source water is protected. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of the City’s wells. Potential sources of contamination are those facilities, sites, and activities that have the potential to affect the underlying ground water aquifers or nearby surface waters used for public drinking water supply. Many of these potential sources are regulated by DEP and the location and status of these sites are maintained within DEP da- tabases. By utilizing in-house databases and a geographical information system (GIS), DEP can access and illustrate the relationships of potential contaminant sources to the approximately 12,000 public water supply intakes in Florida.

It should be noted that the potential sources of contamination identified by this assessment project are just that; potential sources. Many of these facili- ties are regulated and operate under stringent construction and maintenance requirements designed to protect both human health and the environment. The purpose of conducting the source water assessments is to provide information that will lead to actions to reduce cur- rent risks or avoid future problems.

The DEP has identified forty-five unique potential sources of contamination

for the City’s wellfield system with a mod- erate or a low susceptibility level. The assessment results and more information are available on the DEP Source Water Assessment and Protection Program website at www.dep.state.fl.us/swapp or can be obtained by calling the Utility Services Department at 561-338-7310.

City of Boca Raton Utility Services Quality Control Lab team members Right to left: Mark Liburdi,Ashtan Wydock, and Devin Dykes.

An Explanation of

THE WATER QUALITY DATA TABLE

The City of Boca Raton Utility Services Department routinely monitors for contami- nants in your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules, and regula- tions. The table on the next page shows the

YOUR DRINKING WATER PROCESS

results of our water quality analysis. Unless otherwise indicated, this report is based on the results of our monitoring for the period

Once the water is pumped from our wells to our Glades Road facility, the City of Boca Raton uses two types of water treatment processes. Traditional Lime Softening: involves the use of calcium oxide and other chemicals to remove minerals and particles. The water is then filtered to remove smaller impurities and then disinfected with a chlorine compound to destroy bacteria and other microorganisms. State-of- the-Art Membrane Softening: involves pumping the water through multimedia

pretreatment pressure filters, 1-micron cartridge filters, and finally semi-permeable membranes. Next, hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide are removed using a degasifying technology. The membrane softened water is also disinfected with a chlorine compound and blended with the lime softened water. The combined processes produce high quality water that is pumped through the distribution system to our customers. The City of Boca Raton does not add fluoride to their water treatment process.

of January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Data obtained before January 1, 2020 and presented in this report are from the most recent testing done in accordance with laws, rules, and regulations. The table contains: the name of each substance; the maximum contaminant level (MCL) or the highest level allowed by regulation; the ideal goals for pubic health; the amount detected; the usual sources of such con- tamination; footnotes that explain our find- ings; and a key to units of measurement.

Your Drinking Water Source...

THE BISCAYNE AQUIFER

The Biscayne aquifer is the primary source of drinking water for over six million people in South Florida and is the source of the drinking water for the City of Boca Raton. The City of Boca Raton’s 52 wells pump water from the Biscayne aquifer to our water treatment facility located on Glades Road by the I-95 interchange.

IMMUNO-COMPROMISED PERSON

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno-compromised persons such as those with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, those who have undergone organ transplants, those

with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These individuals should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/ CDC guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbial contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline 1-800-426-4791.

2020 WATER QUALITY DATA TABLE

Inorganic Contaminants

Contaminant and Unit of

Dates of

MCL

Level

Range of

 

 

 

sampling

Violation

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Measurement

Detected

Results

 

(mo/yr)

Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

* Fluoride (ppm)

2/20

N

0.10

N/A

4

4

Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizer

and aluminum factories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm)

2/20

N

0.08

N/A

10

10

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks,

sewage; erosion of natural deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selenium (ppm)

2/20

N

0.0017

N/A

0.05

0.05

Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from metal

refineries or mines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sodium (ppm)

2/20

N

41.0

N/A

N/A

160

Salt water intrusion, leaching from soil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Fluoride is naturally occurring in our source water, the Biscayne Aquifer. The City of Boca Raton does not add fluoride to their water treatment process.

Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

 

Dates of

MCL or

Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Disinfectant or Contaminant

MCLG

 

Range of

MRDLG

MRDL

 

Likely Source of Contamination

sampling

Detected

 

 

and Unit of Measurement

(mo/yr)

Violation

RAA1¹

 

Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chlorine and Chloramines (ppm)

1/20-12/20

N

2.8

 

0.48-3.6

4

4

 

Water additive used to control microbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contaminant and Unit of

Dates of

MCL

Level

 

Range of

 

 

 

 

sampling

Violation

Detected

 

MCLG

MCL

 

Likely Source of Contamination

Measurement

 

Results³

 

(mo/yr)

Y/N

LRAA²

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)

3/20,6/20

N

24.3

 

16.0-28.6

N/A

60

 

By-product of drinking water disinfection

(ppb)

9/20,12/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Trihalomethanes

3/20,6/20

N

51.6

 

33.0-64.0

N/A

80

 

By-product of drinking water disinfection

(TTHM) (ppb)

9/20,12/20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead and Copper (Tap Water)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contaminant and Unit of

Dates of

AL

90th

No. of sampling

 

AL

 

sampling4

Exceeded

Percentile

sites exceeding

MCLG

(Action

Likely Source of Contamination

Measurement

(mo/yr)

Y/N

Result

 

the AL

 

Level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper (tap water) (ppm)

8/20-9/20

N

0.173

 

0

1.3

1.3

 

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of

 

 

natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead (tap water) (ppb)

8/20-9/20

N

1.76

 

1

15

15

 

Corrosion of household plumbing systems;

 

 

erosion of natural deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unregulated Contaminants (UCMR4)5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contaminant and Unit of

Dates of sampling

Level Detected

 

Range of

 

 

 

 

 

 

Likely Source of Contamination

Sampling

 

Sampling

Measurement

(mo/yr)

 

Results

 

 

 

 

 

Event 16

 

Event 26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)

3/19 & 9/19

31.1

 

 

22.5

20.2-34.6

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA6Br) (ppb)

3/19 & 9/19

9.87

 

 

9.06

8.04-10.8

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA9) (ppb)

3/19 & 9/19

39.9

 

 

30.1

27.1-43.1

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manganese (ppb)

3/19 & 9/19

1.45

 

 

1.61

1.45-1.61

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. RAA-Running Annual Average 2. Highest LRAA (Location Running Annual Average) of all quarterly report for HAA5 & TTHM 3. Range includes all locational values used to calculate 2020 LRAA’s 4. As authorized by EPA, the State has reduced monitoring requirements for certain contaminants to less often than once per year because the concentration of the contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. 5. The City of Boca Raton has been monitoring for unregulated contaminants as part of a study to help the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determine the occurrence in drinking water of unregulated contaminants and whether or not these contaminants need to be regulated. At present, no health standards (for example, maximum contaminant levels) have been established for UC. However, we are required to publish the analytical results of our unregulated contaminants monitoring in our annual water quality report. If you would like more information on the EPA’s Unregulated Contaminants Monitoring Rule (UCMR), please call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791. 6. Average of six sample locations.

DATA TABLE KEY, Definition and Abbreviations

  • Action Level (AL): The concentration of a contaminant, which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements that a water system must follow.
  • Maximum Contaminant Level or MCL: The highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to the MCLGs as feasible using the best available treatment technology.
  • Maximum Contaminant Level Goal or MCLG: The level of contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.
  • Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level or MRDL: The highest level of a disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

• Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal or MRDLG:

The level of a drinking water disinfectant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MRDLGs do not reflect the benefits of the use of disinfectants to control microbial contaminants.

• Parts Per Billion (ppb) or Micrograms per Liter (ug/l):

One part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by weight of the water sample.

  • Parts Per Million (ppm) or Milligrams per Liter (mg/l): One part by weight of analyte to 1 millionparts by weight of the water sample.
  • Not Applicable (N/A): Does not apply.

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2020 ANNUAL

DRINKING WATER

QUALITYREPORT

CUSTOMER SERVICES/BILLING: (561) 393-7750 • WATER AND SEWER EMERGENCIES: (561) 338-7339 • GENERAL INQUIRIES: (561) 338-7300

POTENTIAL CONTAMINANTS IN SOURCE WATER

The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  • Inorganic contaminants, such as salts and metals, which can be naturally occurring or result from urban stormwater runoff, industrial or domestic wastewater discharges, oil and gas production, mining, or farming.
  • Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
  • Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, which are by-products of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  • Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities. To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug

Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must provide the same protection for public health.

Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Boca Raton Utility Services Department is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components.

When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/ safewater/lead.

Contaminants


Boca Raton Water Treatment Plant

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Florida Department of Environmental 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: 130001
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Groundwater
  • Total: 14

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Aluminum
  • Chlorate
  • Chlorodifluoromethane
  • Dalapon
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrite
  • Strontium
  • Vanadium

Reminder

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.

Sources and Resources

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