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Is Melbourne Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 7:47 pm, July 29, 2022
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Can You Drink Tap Water in Melbourne?

Yes, Melbourne's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Melbourne 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, Melbourne's water utility, City of Melbourne, had 0 violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. For more details on the violations, please see our violation history section below. This assessment is based on the City of Melbourne 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 Melbourne Tap Water

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

Melbourne Tap Water Safe Drinking Water Act Violation History - Prior 10 Years

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

Is there Lead in Melbourne Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Melbourne water system, City of Melbourne, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0013 mg/L of lead in Melbourne water. This is 8.7% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Melbourne contained more lead.

While Melbourne water testing may have found 0.0013 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 Melbourne 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 - Patrick Air Force Base - near Melbourne 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 Melbourne 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.

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.

Melbourne Water - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THIS REPORT
This water quality report, also known as a consumer confidence report, is produced annually in accordance with both federal and state requirements. This report will be mailed to customers upon request by calling 321-608-5080. It is also available at Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901 and all public libraries in our water service area. For more information about this report, for questions relating to your drinking water, or for additional hard copies of this report, please go to www.melbourneflorida.org/waterqualityreport, or call 321-608-5080 or email waterqualityreport@mlbfl.org. You can obtain additional information from the EPA at their Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791). Source water includes Lake Washington and the Floridan Aquifer. Lake Washington is part of the St. John’s River, the largest river in Florida. The water from the lake, also known as surface water, is treated using the Actiflo process at the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant. Chloramines are used as a disinfectant and are formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to treat drinking water. Chloramine provides long- lasting disinfection as the water moves through pipes to consumers. Ozone is used to reduce the potential for disinfection byproducts. The Floridan Aquifer is an extensive underground water source that covers 100,000 square miles in all of Florida and parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Melbourne’s Joe Mullins Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant is supplied by four Floridan Aquifer system wells. The brackish water from the wells is treated with a reverse osmosis filtering process to remove salts and impurities.
HOW DO I CONTACT MELBOURNE CUSTOMER SERVICE?
To contact customer service for the Melbourne water provider, City of Melbourne, please use the information below.
By Phone: 321-608-7200
By Mail: 900 E. STRAWBRIDGE AVE.
MELBOURNE, FL, 32901
HOW TO PAY BILL FOR CITY OF MELBOURNE
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HOW TO START & STOP MELBOURNE WATER SERVICE
Starting Your Service

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

Is Melbourne Tap Water Safe to Drink? Tap water & safety quality

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.82 in USD (1.5-liter)

USER SUBMITTED RATINGS

Melbourne tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 34% Low
  • Water Pollution 39% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 66% High
  • Water Quality 61% High

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

Related FAQS

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

CITY OF MELBOURNE ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

THE IMPORTANCE OF

WATER CONSERVATION

Conserving water means using our water supply wisely and responsibly. Here are the reasons why saving water is important:

The Uses Are Endless

We use water every day of our lives. It is required in almost everything we do. We need water for drinking, bathing, cooking, washing, flushing the toilet and countless other activities.

Water Grows Food

Fruits and vegetables, as well as other produce, require water to grow. Good irrigation and easy availability of water affect the quality of crops and the price at which the food is sold. If an area is suffering from a drought, crops are affected.

It Protects Our Ecosystem And Wildlife

Humans are not the only species on earth that requires water for survival. In fact, every species on this planet needs water to live and survive. It is highly important that we save water that is essential to our sustainability.

Less Water Usage Means More Savings

By practicing basic water conservation techniques, you can save thousands of gallons each year.

Conserving Water Also Saves Energy

Energy is required to run the equipment that treats and pumps water from the treatment facilities to your home or business. Saving water will lead to saving energy and a reduced carbon footprint. We can start saving water by making smart choices at home. This includes using plumbing fixtures and appliances that are the most water and energy efficient.

Water conservation measures are an important

step in protecting our water supply. Such measures help preserve the supply of our source water and can save you money by reducing your water bill. You can find much more information on water conservation at www.sjrwmd.com/water-conservation.

For More Information

Melbourne Public Works & Utilities Department • (321) 608-5000

U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline • (800) 426-4791

You can also visit the EPA’s drinking water web page at

www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/safe-drinking-water-information

or visit Melbourne’s web site at: www.melbourneflorida.org

Other Customer Service Phone Numbers

City Hall Switchboard • (321) 608-7000

Water Production • (321) 608-5700

Utility Billing • (321) 608-7100

Water & Wastewater Operations • (321) 608-5100

After-Hours Water or Wastewater Emergencies • (321) 255-4622

ANNUAL DRINKING WATER

QUALITY REPORT

2021 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

WE ARE PLEASED TO PROVIDE YOU

WITH THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL

DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

This water quality report contains detailed information about your drinking water, the steps we take to ensure its safety, the results of the sampling and testing we conducted during 2020, and how we are working to conserve this resource for future generations.

The top priority of the City of Melbourne is to deliver clean, safe, dependable, great-tasting water to our approximately 165,000 consumers. Our state-certified lab conducts thousands of chemical and bacteriological water quality tests each year to

monitor for all 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 1 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 the laws, rules and regulations.

HOW TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THIS REPORT

This water quality report, also known as a consumer confidence report, is produced annually in accordance with both federal and state requirements.

This report will be mailed to customers upon request by calling 321-608-5080. It is also available at Melbourne City Hall, 900 E. Strawbridge Avenue, Melbourne, FL 32901 and all public libraries in our water service area. For more information about this report, for questions relating to your drinking water, or for additional hard copies of this report, please go to www.melbourneflorida.org/waterqualityreport, or call 321-608-5080 or email waterqualityreport@mlbfl.org. You can obtain additional information from the EPA at their Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791).

MELBOURNE’S DRINKING WATER SOURCES

Source water includes Lake Washington and the Floridan Aquifer. Lake Washington is part of the St. John’s River, the largest river in Florida. The water from the lake, also known as surface water, is treated using the Actiflo process at the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant. Chloramines are used as a disinfectant and are formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to treat drinking water. Chloramine provides long- lasting disinfection as the water moves through pipes to consumers. Ozone is used to reduce the potential for disinfection

byproducts.

The Floridan Aquifer is an extensive underground water source that covers 100,000 square miles in all of Florida and parts of Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina. Melbourne’s Joe Mullins Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant is supplied by four Floridan Aquifer system wells. The brackish water from the wells is treated with a reverse osmosis filtering process to remove salts and impurities.

SOURCE WATER ASSESSMENT

In 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) performed a Source Water Assessment on our system. The assessment was conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our groundwater wells and surface water intakes. There are four potential sources of contamination identified for this system with low susceptibility levels. The surface water system is considered to be at high risk due to the many potential sources of contamination identified. The assessment results are available on the DEP SWAPP website at https://fldep.dep.state.fl.us/swapp.

Coliforms are bacteria that are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that another potentially harmful waterborne pathogen may be present, or that a potential pathway exists through which contamination may enter the drinking water distribution system. We found coliforms indicating the need to look for potential problems in water treatment or distribution. When this occurs, we are required to conduct assessments to identify problems and to correct any problems that were found during these assessments.

During the past year we were required to conduct one Level 1 assessment and one Level 2 assessment. The two assessments were

completed. In addition, we were required to take corrective actions and the corrective actions have been completed.

EPA INFORMATION

Cryptosporidium is a microbial pathogen found in surface water throughout the U.S. Bimonthly sampling of our source water in

2016 did not indicate the presence of these organisms.

Haloacetic acids (five) (HAA5): Some people who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

Turbidity is a measure of the cloudiness of the water. We monitor it because it is a good indicator of the effectiveness of our filtration system. High turbidity can hinder the effectiveness of disinfectants.

2021 ANNUAL DRINKING WATER QUALITY REPORT

SUBSTANCES THAT MIGHT BE IN DRINKING WATER

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 Melbourne Public Works & Utilities 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 two 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.

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.

TREATED WATER QUALITY TERMS TO KNOW

In the water quality data table you will find many terms and abbreviations with which you might not be familiar. To help you better understand these terms, please refer to the following definitions:

Non Detects (ND): Not detected and indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis. 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 a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

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

Treatment Technique (TT): A required process intended to reduce the level of a contaminant in drinking water.

Maximum Residual Disinfectant Level (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 (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 (µg/l): One part by weight of analyte to 1 billion parts by weight of the sample.

Parts per Million (ppm) or Milligrams per Liter (mg/l): One part by weight of analyte to 1 million parts by weight of the water sample.

Nephelometric Turbidity Units (NTU): Measurement of the clarity of water. Turbidity in excess of 5 NTU is just noticeable to the average person.

N/A: Not applicable

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.

In order 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. 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/Centers 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).

2020 WATER QUALITY DATA

The results presented on the tables that follow are for the monitoring period of January 1 to December 31, 2020, unless otherwise noted.

 

Microbiological Contaminants

 

Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

MCL Violation

Highest Single

The Lowest Monthly % of Samples

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

 

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

Y/N

Measurement

Meeting Regulatory Limits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turbidity (NTU)

1/20 – 12/20

N

0.30

100.0

N/A

TT

Soil runoff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inorganic Contaminants

Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

MCL Violation

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barium (ppm)

5/20

N

0.0201

N/A

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from metal refineries; erosion of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

natural deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fluoride (ppm)

5/20

N

0.587

N/A

4

4.0

Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from fertilizer and aluminum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

factories. Water additive which promotes strong teeth when at optimum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

level of 0.7 ppm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel (ppb)

5/20

N

1.70

N/A

N/A

100

Pollution from mining and refining operations. Natural occurrence in soil

Sodium (ppm)

5/20

N

86.2

N/A

N/A

160

Salt water intrusion, leaching from soil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 1 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

Disinfectant or Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

MCL or MRDL Violation

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG or MRDLG

MCL or MRDL Likely Source of Contamination

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloramines (ppm)

1/20 - 12/20

N

3.5

ND-7.8

MRDLG = 4

MRDL = 4

Water additive used to control microbes

 

 

 

 

For chloramines, the level detected is the highest running annual average (RAA), computed quarterly, of monthly averages of all samples collected. The range of results is the range of results of all the individual samples collected during the past year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

TT Violation

Lowest Running Annual Avg.,

Range of Monthly

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

 

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

Y/N

Computed Quarterly, of

Removal Ratios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monthly Removal Ratios

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total organic carbon (ppm)

1/20 - 12/20

N

2.10

1.77 - 2.50

N/A

TT

Naturally present in the environment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection By-Products

Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

MCL Violation

Level Detected

Range of Results

MCLG

MCL

Likely Source of Contamination

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

Y/N

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)

1/20 - 12/20

N

51.1

3.63 - 24.1

N/A

60

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) (ppb)

1/20 - 12/20

N

42.6

13.8 - 39.0

N/A

80

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

Level detected is the highest running annual average (RAA) computed quarterly, of monthly averages of all samples collected. The range of results is the range of results of all the individual samples collected during the past year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead and Copper (Tap Water)

Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

AL Exceeded

90th Percentile Result

No. of sampling sites

MCLG

AL

Likely Source of Contamination

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

Y/N

 

exceeding the AL

 

(Action Level)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper (tap water) (ppm)

7/20

N

0.0623

0

1.3

1.3

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

leaching from wood preservatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lead (tap water) (ppb)

7/20

N

1.30

0

0

15

Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unregulated Contaminants

Contaminant &

Dates of sampling

Level Detected

Range

Likely Source of Contamination

Unit of Measurement

(mo./yr.)

(average)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manganese (ppb)

1/20

1.72

1.72

Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (ppb)

1/20

8.79

6.08 - 10.58

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA6Br) (ppb)

1/20

14.08

8.26 - 34.87

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

Haloacetic Acids (HAA9) (ppb)

1/20

17.91

9.66 - 37.88

By-product of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

Bromide (ppm)

1/20

0.226

0.226

Naturally present in the environment

 

 

 

 

 

COMMUNITY EDUCATION AND OUTREACH

Education and outreach activities are an important part of our mission. We realize the importance of communicating with the public about our water quality, conservation and on-going improvement projects. We reach hundreds of students each year about the importance of water conservation and how they can personally take steps to reduce wasting water. We have rebate programs in place to financially assist our customers with

water-saving measures in their homes. New customer kits include water conservation brochures, and many other activities are conducted throughout the year to advance this cause. If you are interested in having someone speak to your class, civic group, community organization or homeowners’ association about our water quality, treatment processes, conservation or other topics, please contact the Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division at (321) 608-5080.

Contaminants


City of Melbourne

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: 162434
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 11

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

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

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Barium
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Nitrate
  • 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

The top priority of the City of Melbourne is to deliver clean, safe, dependable, great-tasting water to our approximately 165,000 consumers. Their state-certified lab conducts thousands of chemical and bacteriological water quality tests each year to monitor all contaminants in your drinking water according to federal and state laws, rules, and regulations. Except where indicated otherwise, the report is based on the results of their monitoring for January 1 to December 31, 2020. Data obtained before January 1, 2020, and presented in the report are from the most recent testing done following the laws, rules, and regulations.

MELBOURNE’S DRINKING WATER SOURCES 

Source water includes Lake Washington and the Floridan Aquifer. Lake Washington is part of the St. John’s River, the largest river in Florida. The water from the lake, also known as surface water, is treated using the Actiflo process at the John A. Buckley Surface Water Treatment Plant. Chloramines are used as a disinfectant and are formed when ammonia is added to chlorine to treat drinking water. Chloramine provides long-lasting disinfection as the water moves through pipes to consumers. Ozone is used to reduce the potential for disinfection byproducts. 

The Floridan Aquifer is an extensive underground water source covering 100,000 square miles in Florida and parts of Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina. Melbourne’s Joe Mullins Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant is supplied by four Floridan Aquifer system wells. The salty water from the wells is treated with a reverse osmosis filtering process to remove salts and impurities.

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