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Is Boynton Beach Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 7:47 pm, August 8, 2022
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Can You Drink Tap Water in Boynton Beach?

Yes, Boynton Beach's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Boynton Beach 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, Boynton Beach's water utility, Boynton Beach Pws, 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 Boynton Beach was resolved on March 31, 2018. This assessment is based on the Boynton Beach Pws 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 Boynton Beach Tap Water

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

Boynton Beach Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years

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

From Jan. 1, 2018 to March 31, 2018, Boynton Beach 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, Average 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 code: TTHM.

For the compliance period beginning July 1, 2017, Boynton Beach 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.

For the compliance period beginning May 1, 2017, Boynton Beach had 3 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violations with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Groundwater Rule rule code family for the following contaminant codes: E. COLI, E. COLI, E. COLI.

For the compliance period beginning Nov. 1, 2015, Boynton Beach 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.

For the compliance period beginning Nov. 1, 2015, Boynton Beach 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, Source Water (GWR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Groundwater Rule rule code family for the following contaminant codes: E. COLI, E. COLI.

For the compliance period beginning Nov. 1, 2011, Boynton Beach 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, Source Water (GWR) which falls into the Microbials rule code group, and the Groundwater Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: E. COLI.

Is there Lead in Boynton Beach Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Boynton Beach water system, Boynton Beach Pws, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0025 mg/L of lead in Boynton Beach water. This is 16.7% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Boynton Beach contained more lead.

While Boynton Beach water testing may have found 0.0025 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 Boynton Beach 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 Boynton Beach 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 Boynton Beach 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.

Boynton Beach 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 Yes Maximum Contaminant Level Violation (MCL) Maximum Contaminant Level Violation, Average (02) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220) TTHM (2950) Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)
07/01/2017 - 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)
05/01/2017 - Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) (34) Ground Water Rule (140) E. COLI (3014) Microbials (100) Groundwater Rule (140)
05/01/2017 - Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) (34) Ground Water Rule (140) E. COLI (3014) Microbials (100) Groundwater Rule (140)
05/01/2017 - Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) (34) Ground Water Rule (140) E. COLI (3014) Microbials (100) Groundwater Rule (140)
11/01/2015 - Addressed No Other Violation (Other) Public Notification Violation without NPDWR Violation (76) Public Notice Rule (410) Public Notice (7500) Other (400) Public Notice Rule (410)
11/01/2015 - Addressed No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) (34) Ground Water Rule (140) E. COLI (3014) Microbials (100) Groundwater Rule (140)
11/01/2015 - Addressed No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) (34) Ground Water Rule (140) E. COLI (3014) Microbials (100) Groundwater Rule (140)
11/01/2011 - Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring, Source Water (GWR) (34) Ground Water Rule (140) E. COLI (3014) Microbials (100) Groundwater Rule (140)

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.

Boynton Beach Water - Frequently Asked Questions

WHERE DOES YOUR DRINKING WATER COME FROM?
The primary goal of Boynton Beach Utilities is to produce the highest quality water in an environmentally responsible manner and at the lowest possible cost. Raw water is pumped from the East Coast Surficial Aquifer by wells that vary in depth from 50 to 250 feet. During our dry season, December through May, we rely heavily on our western wellfield and water that has been stored in our Aquifer Storage and Recovery system (ASR). ASR allows us to store treated water during the rainy season when water is plentiful and use it during the dry season when water is scarce. The City owns 30 productions wells. These groundwater wells range in depth between 50 and 240 feet below the ground. These wells are located in environmentally protected zones and the water from these wells is regularly tested to confirm its adequacy. West Water Treatment Plant The West Water Treatment facility is a state-of-the-art plant that utilizes nanofiltration membranes to remove any contaminants that may be found in the raw water withdrawn from the western wellfield. The West Water Treatment facility has the capacity to treat an annual average of 10.4 million gallons of raw water each day. East Water Treatment Facility The 24 MGD East Water Treatment facility utilizes a traditional lime softening/sand filtration process to treat water withdrawn from the city wellfields. This facility also has a Magnetic Ion Exchange process commonly referred to as the MIEX system. This additional step virtually removes all the color and much of the mineral content from the raw water. This process also removes the organic content, reducing the potential for formation of disinfection byproducts and scale buildup within the city’s water distribution system. Source Water Assessment In 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) performed a Source Water Assessment for the City of Boynton Beach’s Public Water System. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There are 12 potential sources of contamination identified for this system with low to moderate susceptibility levels. The assessment results are available on the DEP SWAPP website or they can be obtained from Water Quality Manager, by calling 561-742-6420. Stormwater Management Stormwater is excess rainfall that is not absorbed into the ground. As rainfall runs off to nearby canals, lakes, the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, it can pick up dirt, debris, chemicals, and other pollutants. These pollutants are carried to the surface waters we use for fishing, boating, and swimming. Intentional dumping and accidental spills into stormwater systems should be reported immediately by calling 561-742-6400. It is important to report dumping because: Keep pollution out of our waters! Flood Mitigation and Resilience Planning
HOW DO I CONTACT BOYNTON BEACH CUSTOMER SERVICE?
To contact customer service for the Boynton Beach water provider, Boynton Beach Pws, please use the information below.
By Phone: 561-742-6403
By Mail: 124 E. WOOLBRIGHT RD.
BOYNTON BEACH, FL, 33435
HOW TO PAY BILL FOR BOYNTON BEACH PWS
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HOW TO START & STOP BOYNTON BEACH WATER SERVICE
Starting Your Service

Moving to a new house or apartment in Boynton Beach means you will often need to put the water in your name with Boynton Beach Pws. 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 Boynton Beach means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with Boynton Beach Pws. 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

$2.22 in USD (1.5-liter)

USER SUBMITTED RATINGS

Boynton Beach tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33% Low
  • Water Pollution 49% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 67% High
  • Water Quality 51% Moderate

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

Related FAQS

Boynton Beach 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 Boynton Beach's Water. If you would like to see the original version of the report, please click here.

2020 Water Quality Report

WATER IS A PART OF THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN BOYNTON BEACH (est. 1920)

Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?

The primary goal of Boynton Beach Utilities is to produce the highest quality water in an environmentally responsible manner and at the lowest possible cost. Raw water is pumped from the East Coast Surficial Aquifer by wells that vary in depth from 50 to 250 feet. During our dry season, December through May, we rely heavily on our western wellfield and water that has been stored in our Aquifer Storage and Recovery system (ASR). ASR allows us to store treated water during the rainy season when water is plentiful and use it during the dry season when water is scarce. The City owns 30 productions wells. These groundwater wells range in depth between 50 and 240 feet below the ground. These wells are located in environmentally protected zones and the water from these wells is regularly tested to confirm its adequacy.

West Water Treatment Plant

The West Water Treatment facility is a state-of-the-art plant that utilizes nanofiltration membranes to remove any contaminants that may be found in the raw water withdrawn from the western wellfield. The West Water Treatment facility has the capacity to treat an annual average of 10.4 million gallons of raw water each day.

East Water Treatment Facility

The 24 MGD East Water Treatment facility utilizes a traditional lime softening/sand filtration process to treat water withdrawn from the city wellfields. This facility also has a Magnetic Ion Exchange process commonly referred to as the MIEX system. This additional step virtually removes all the color and much of the mineral content from the raw water. This process also removes the organic content, reducing the potential for formation of disinfection byproducts and scale buildup within the city’s water distribution system.

Source Water Assessment

In 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) performed a Source Water Assessment for the City of Boynton Beach’s Public Water System. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There are 12 potential sources of contamination identified for this system with low to moderate susceptibility levels. The assessment results are available on the DEP SWAPP website or they can be obtained from Water Quality Manager, by calling 561-742-6420.

Water and the Community

Stormwater Management

Stormwater is excess rainfall that is not absorbed into the ground. As rainfall runs off to nearby canals, lakes, the Intracoastal Waterway and the ocean, it can pick up dirt, debris, chemicals, and other pollutants. These pollutants are carried to the surface waters we use for fishing, boating, and swimming. Intentional dumping and accidental spills into stormwater systems should be reported immediately by calling 561-742-6400. It is important to report dumping because:

  • Debris can be harmful
  • Nutrients (from leaves, grass, fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides) can kill wildlife and cause excessive algae growth
  • Bacteria (from pet waste and dead animals) can produce health concerns
  • Sediment can harm aquatic organisms and reduce the system’s ability to handle potential flooding
  • Chemicals, oils, and paints can be toxic to plants and animals

Keep pollution out of our waters!

Flood Mitigation and Resilience Planning

Flooding in South Florida can result from heavy rainfall, storm surge, high groundwater levels, and high tides. Each fall, unusually high tides (“King Tides”) occur as a result of natural variations in atmospheric and oceanic conditions. Boynton Beach’s low-lying, coastal communities are vulnerable to tidal flooding which is likely to become more frequent and

severe as sea levels rise. To reduce flooding impacts, Boynton Beach Utilities regularly maintains storm drains and catch basins, and installs tidal valves in affected neighborhoods.

Reclaimed Water

The City of Boynton Beach is a committed Environmental Steward. That is why the City makes available and promotes the reuse of water. Wastewater generated within the Utility service area is collected and conveyed to the South Central Regional Water Reclamation Facility, where it is treated to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard acceptable for irrigation in public areas. In addition, the reclaimed water then percolates into the ground, replenishing our groundwater system and completing the cycle.

Energy Efficiency Rebates

The Energy Edge Rebate Program provides rebates up to $1,500 to City residents and small businesses for eligible energy-efficient air conditioners, doors and windows, solar energy, electric vehicle chargers, and more. Rebates are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis while funding remains. Learn how to apply at Go Green Boynton or contact the Sustainability Coordinator at HarveyR@bbfl.us, 561-742-6494.

Free Conservation Kits

Boynton Beach Utilities provides free conservation kits to residents of the utilities service area. The kit includes a low- flow showerhead, LED light bulb, replacement toilet flapper, and leak detector dye tablets. Pick up your kit inside City Hall at the Customer Service window; Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm. Questions? Call 561-742-6494.

2020 Water Quality Data

Boynton Beach Utilities routinely monitors for contaminants in your drinking water according to Federal and State Laws, Rules and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, this report is based on the results of our monitoring for the period of January 1st to December 31, 2020. Data obtained before January 1, 2020, and presented in this report is from the most recent testing done in accordance with the laws, rules, and regulations.

Microbiological Contaminants:

Contaminant: 2b. E. coli (at the ground water source)*

Dates of sampling (month/year): 5/20

Violation (Yes or No): Yes

Total Number of Positive Samples for the Year: 1

MCLG: 0

MCL: 0

Likely source of contamination: Human and animal fecal waste

*On May 27, 2020, we sampled one of our source wlls (Well 19) for the fecal indicator, E. coli. We were notified on May 28 that Well 19 tested positive for E. coli. The well was immediately taken off line and treated. On June 24, we took five additional samples and all samples were negative for E. Coli. The well was then put back into service.

Health Effects: Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

Inorganic Contaminants:

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement:

  1. Fluoride (ppm)
    Dates of sampling (month/year): 01/20-12/20
    MCL Violation (Yes or No): No
    Level Detected, (Max. Ave. of any one site): 0.15
    Range of Results: 0.06-0.21
    MCLG: 4
    MCL: 4.0
    Likely Source of Contamination: Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories. Water additive which promotes strong teeth when at the optimum level of 0.7 ppm
  2. Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm)
    Dates of sampling (month/year): 1/20, 08/20
    MCL Violation (Yes or No): No
    Level Detected, (Max. Ave. of any one site): 0.29
    Range of Results: 0-0.5
    MCLG: 10
    MCL: 10
    Likely Source of Contamination: Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits

Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products:

Disinfectant or Contaminant and Unit of Measurement: Chlorine and Chloramines (ppm)

Dates of sampling (month/year): 01/20-12/20

MCL or MRDL Violation (Yes or No): No

Level Detected (RAA): 3.38

Range of Results: 0.8-4.6

MCLG or MRDLG: MRDLG = 4

MCL or MRDL: MRDL = 4.0

Likely Source of Contamination: Water additive used to control microbes

Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products:

Disinfectant or Contaminant and Unit of Measurement:

  1. Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)
    Dates of sampling (month/year): 02/20, 4/20, 07/20, 10/20
    MCL Violation (Yes or No): No
    Level Detected: 18.88
    Range of Results: 1.9 - 25.7
    MCLG: N/A
    MCL: 60
    Likely Source of Contamination: By-product of drinking water disinfection
  2. Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) (ppb)
    Dates of sampling (month/year): 02/20, 4/20, 07/20, 10/20
    MCL Violation (Yes or No): No
    Level Detected: 22
    Range of Results: 2.5 - 35.1
    MCLG: N/A
    MCL: 80
    Likely Source of Contamination: By-product of drinking water disinfection

Lead and Copper (Tap Water)

Contaminant and Unit of Measurement:

  1. Copper (tap water) (ppm)
    Dates of sampling (month/year): 11/20
    AL Exceeded (Yes or No): No
    90th Percentile Result: 0.084
    No. of sampling sites exceeding the AL: 0
    MCLG: 1.3
    AL (Action Level): 1.3
    Likely Source of Contamination: Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits; leaching from wood preservatives
  2. Lead (tap water) (ppb)
    Dates of sampling (month/year): 11/20
    AL Exceeded (Yes or No): No
    90th Percentile Result: 2.4
    No. of sampling sites exceeding the AL: 1
    MCLG: 0
    AL (Action Level): 15
    Likely Source of Contamination: Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits

Information of Lead & Copper

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. (insert name of utility) 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

at 800-426-4791 or at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Assessment And Protection Program

Sources of Drinking 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

  1. Microbial contaminants, such as viruses and bacteria, which may come from sewage treatment plants, septic systems, agricultural livestock operations, and wildlife.
  2. 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.
  3. Pesticides and herbicides, which may come from a variety of sources such as agriculture, urban stormwater runoff, and residential uses.
  1. Organic chemical contaminants, including synthetic and volatile organic chemicals, by-product of industrial processes and petroleum production, and can also come from gas stations, urban stormwater runoff, and septic systems.
  2. Radioactive contaminants, which can be naturally occurring or be the result of oil and gas production and mining activities.

Regulations

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.

Important Definitions

AL: Action Level. The concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements, which a water system must follow.

FECAL COLIFORM/E. COLI. Fecal coliforms and E. coli are bacteria whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes.

Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.

LRAA: Local Running Annual Average.

The average of sample analytical results for samples taken at a particular monitoring location during the previous four calendar quarters.

MCL: Maximum Contaminant Level. 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.

MCLG: Maximum Contaminant Level Goal. The level of a contaminant below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

MRDL: Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level. The highest level of disinfectant allowed in drinking water. There is convincing evidence that addition of a disinfectant is necessary for control of microbial contaminants.

MRDLG: Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level Goal.

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.

ND: Not Detected. Indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis.

ppb: parts per billion. A unit of measurement equal to one part by weight of a contaminant in1 billion parts by weight of water.

ppm: parts per million. A unit of measurement equal to one part by weight of a contaminant in 1 million parts by weight of water.

SWAPP. Source Water Assessment and Protection Program.

  1. Treatment Technique. A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water

Vulnerable Populations

Some people may be more vulnerable to contaminants in drinking water than the general population. Immuno- compromised persons such as persons with cancer undergoing chemotherapy, persons who have undergone organ transplants, people with HIV/AIDS or other immune system disorders, some elderly, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. EPA/Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by Cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

Customer Service Utility Charges

The average Boynton Beach Utility customer (two person household with no irrigation) uses an average of approximately 5,000 gallons of water each month. Monthly customer billing includes charges for water, wastewater (sewer) and refuse (trash and yard debris) collection. In addition, a stormwater management fee is included. A typical utility invoice for use of 5,000 gallons of drinking water, including wastewater and refuse charges is $78.04.

These services provide for quality of life benefits, including clean and safe affordable drinking water, sewer disposal, clean surface water and streets.

Boynton Beach Utilities Online Bill Pay System provides phone and online options which enables easy access for account management and payments.

Water Base Facility Charges (BFC)

Pays for the infrastructure needed to produce and distribute the water to our customers.

Wastewater (Sewer) BFC

Similar to the water BFC this pays for the infrastructure needed to collect, transmit and treat wastewater.

Water And Wastewater Consumption Charge

Pays for the cost of labor, materials and supplies for water and wastewater usage.

Refuse Collection Charge (Inside City Limits)

Pays for the cost of collection and disposal of garbage and yard waste.

Stormwater Charge (Inside City Limits)

Pays for the installation and maintenance of drainage infrastructure (swales, inlets, catch basins, pipes). It includes street sweeping and stormwater treatment areas needed to protect our surface waters from contamination.

Boynton Beach Utilities Location

124 E. Woolbright Rd.

Boynton Beach, Florida 33435

Phone Directory

Customer Service & Billing

561-742-6300

Emergency Customer Service

561-742-6430

After Hours (City holidays, M-Th after 5 pm/Fri after 4:30 pm)

Water Quality

561-742-6964

CDC/EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline

800-426-4791

Commission

Mayor Steven B. Grant, At Large

Vice Mayor Ty Penserga, District IV

Cmr. Justin Katz, District I

Cmr. Woodrow Hay, District II

Cmr. Christina Romelus, District III

Lori LaVerriere, City Manager

City Commission meetings take place on the first and third Tuesday of each month and begin at 5:30 PM at Boynton Beach City Hall (100 East Ocean Ave.)

Covid-19

Please visit our COVID-19 web portal to access Corona virus updates- including press briefing summaries, vaccine information, locations for testing sites and fold distribution, and information on business resources.

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Boynton Beach Utilities to continually improve and maintain a secure, and sustainable infrastructure, while providing reliable high quality, affordable drinking water, reclaimed water, wastewater collection and stormwater management services for all members of the community while continuing to find innovative ways to improve the delivery of services.

ADA Statement

In accordance with the Americans with

Disabilities Act, this document is available in alternate accessible formats upon request by contacting the City of Boynton Beach ADA Coordinator at 561-742-6241; ada@bbfl.us or (Florida Relay) 1-800-955-8771.

Contaminants


Boynton Beach 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: 102512
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Groundwater
  • Total: 15

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Chlorate
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Aluminum
  • Barium
  • Chromium (total)
  • Dalapon
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Molybdenum
  • 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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The town of Boynton Beach, Florida is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. A visit to these stunning areas is not complete without a trip to the Boynton Beach Tap Water Park which is a popular attraction in this area.

What makes the Boynton Beach Tap Water Park so special is the fact that they take care of your tap water at all times. They have experts on staff who will test the water for contamination and provide you with a recommendation of the best system that will work best in your household. This means that there is no guess work involved, and you are assured that your tap water will be healthy.

When you visit the park, you can also test the water for several other contaminants as well as find out if you are drinking any dangerous amounts of chemicals. The water quality at this facility is also very high, making it an ideal place to enjoy some fine food and drinks as well.

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