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Is Pensacola Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 7:47 pm, July 15, 2022
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Can You Drink Tap Water in Pensacola?

Yes, Pensacola's tap water is generally considered safe to drink as Pensacola 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, the city's water provider website, or Pensacola's local Twitter account.

According the EPA’s ECHO database, from April 30, 2019 to June 30, 2022, Pensacola's water utility, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, 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 Pensacola was resolved on June 30, 2019. This assessment is based on the Emerald Coast Utilities Authority 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 Pensacola Tap Water

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

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

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

From April 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019, Pensacola had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) which falls into the Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code group, and the Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule rule code family for the following contaminant code: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5).

From Dec. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2015, Pensacola had 1 non-health based Safe Drinking Water Act violation with the violation category being Monitoring and Reporting, more specifically, the violation code was Failure to Conduct Assessment Monitoring 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 Pensacola Water?

Based on the EPA’s ECHO Database, 90% of the samples taken from the Pensacola water system, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, between sample start date and sample end date, were at or below, 0.0 mg/L of lead in Pensacola water. This is 0% of the 0.015 mg/L action level. This means 10% of the samples taken from Pensacola contained more lead.

While Pensacola water testing may have found 0.0 mg/L of lead in its water, that does not mean your water source has the same amount. The amount of lead in water in a city can vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, or even building to building. Many buildings, particularly older ones, have lead pipes or service lines which can be a source of contamination. To find out if your home has lead, we recommend getting you water tested.

No amount of lead in water is healthy, only less dangerous. As lead accumulates in our bodies over time, even exposure to relatively small amounts can have negative health effects. For more information, please check out our Lead FAQ page.

Are there PFAS in Pensacola 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 - Corry Station - near Pensacola 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 Pensacola 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.

Pensacola 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
04/01/2019 - 06/30/2019 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) (27) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220) Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) (2456) Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (200) Stage 2 Disinfectants and Disinfection Byproducts Rule (220)
12/01/2015 - 12/31/2015 Resolved No Monitoring and Reporting (MR) Failure to Conduct Assessment Monitoring (19) 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.

Pensacola Water - Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I CONTACT PENSACOLA CUSTOMER SERVICE?
To contact customer service for the Pensacola water provider, Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, please use the information below.
By Phone: 850-969-3373
By Mail: 9255 STURDEVANT ST.
PO BOX 17089
PENSACOLA, FL, 32522-7089
HOW TO PAY BILL FOR EMERALD COAST UTILITIES AUTHORITY
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If you don't want to make an account, or can't remember your account, you can make a one-time payment towards your Pensacola 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 PENSACOLA WATER SERVICE
Starting Your Service

Moving to a new house or apartment in Pensacola means you will often need to put the water in your name with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority. 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 Pensacola means you will likely need to take your name off of the water bill with Emerald Coast Utilities Authority. 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

$1.76 in USD (1.5-liter)

USER SUBMITTED RATINGS

Pensacola tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 48% Moderate
  • Water Pollution 53% Moderate
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 52% Moderate
  • Water Quality 47% Moderate

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

Related FAQS

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

Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

2020 WATER QUALITY REPORT

We are very pleased to provide you with this year’s Annual Water Quality Report, and to report that our water meets all Federal and State requirements. We want to keep you informed about the excellent water and services we have delivered to you over the past year. Our goal is, and always has been, to provide to you a safe and dependable supply of drinking water.

Where Does My Water Come From?

ECUA has 26 active wells distributed throughout its service area that pump water from the Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer. In general, ECUA customers receive water from the wells (two to five) located closest to their residence. Operating each well as a separate treatment plant, we adjust water quality parameters to maximize operational efficiencies and to comply with regulatory standards.

The sources of drinking water for both tap water and bottled water throughout our country 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. It also can pick up substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.

The Sand-and-Gravel Aquifer is a prolific, high-quality source of water for our community. Because it does not have a confining layer above it, virtually everything that falls on the ground has the potential to affect the quality of our water supply.

ECUA is well aware of this threat to groundwater and over the years has worked with Escambia County and the City of Pensacola in strengthening their wellhead protection ordinances.

There are Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) filters installed on thirteen (13) wells for iron or organic contamination removal. Other additives include: calcium hydroxide (lime) for pH adjustment; phosphoric acid for corrosion control in the distribution system and home plumbing; and chlorine for disinfection. Fluoride, added at select wells, helps prevent tooth decay.

ECUA monitors your drinking water for total coliform bacteria on a regular basis. Total coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves, are naturally present in the environment, and typically serve as an indicator that other bacteria may be present.

This is a process that we take very seriously and implement carefully each month.

In 2020, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) performed a Source Water Assessment on our water. Assessments are conducted to provide information about any potential sources of contamination in the vicinity of our wells. There are 41 potential sources of contamination identified for this system, with a low to high susceptibility level. The assessment results are available on the FDEP Source Water Assessment and Protection Program (SWAPP) website at www.dep.state.fl.us/swapp or they can be obtained by calling the ECUA’s Water Quality Division at 850-969-6629.

In order to ensure the safety of tap water, EPA prescribes regulations that limit the amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. Food & 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 (EPA) Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

ECUA routinely monitors your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules and regulations, generally more frequently than the law prescribes.

BEST

BEST TASTING WATER

We are proud to report that ECUA’s drinking water was selected as the Best Tasting Water 5 times between 2005 and 2020 in the annual taste-test competition sponsored by Region IX of the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association. Region IX is comprised of all water utilities in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties.

ECUA routinely monitors your drinking water according to Federal and State laws, rules and regulations, generally more frequently than the law prescribes.

Definitions

We’ve provided the following definitions to help you better understand certain terms and abbreviations with which you might not be familiar.

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 Goal (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.

Maximum Contaminant Level (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 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.

Not Detected (ND): Means not detected and indicates that the substance was not found by laboratory analysis.

Parts per Million (ppm) or Milligrams per liter (mg/l): One part per million corresponds to one minute in two years or a single penny

in $10,000.

Parts per Billion (ppb) or Micrograms per liter (μg/l): One part per billion corresponds to one minute in 2,000 years, or a single penny

in $10,000,000.

Picocuries per liter (pCi/L): Picocuries per liter is a measure of the radioactivity in water, a quadrillionth of a curie per liter.

ECUA has been in contact with the Department of Environment Protection to correct various violations at the water system. One of these violations is the inadequate implementation of a Cross Connection Control (CCC) Program. A “cross-connection” is any potential or actual connection between the public water supply and a source of contamination or pollution. A Cross Connection Control Program is an organized, legally implemented and structured program to attempt to eliminate

the hazards to the municipal potable water supply. We have adopted a CCC plan as required, and

though our Backflow testing rate is improving, some Backflow assemblies still need testing.

2020 Drinking Water Quality System-Wide Test Results Table

The System-Wide Test Results table, included in this report, presents the results of compliance monitoring for the period of January 1 through December 31, 2020. As authorized and approved by EPA, the State has reduced monitoring requirements for certain contaminants to less often than once per year because the concentrations of these contaminants are not expected to vary significantly from year to year. Some of our data, though representative, are more than one year old.

RADIOLOGICAL CONTAMINANTS

Contaminant and

Sampling

MCL

Level

Range of

MCLG

MCL

Likely source of contamination

 

unit of measurement

Dates (mo/yr)

Violation

Detected

Results

 

 

 

 

 

Alpha emmiters (pCi/l)

July 14 - July 20

No

6.3

ND - 6.3

0

15

Erosion of natural deposits

 

Radium 226+228 (pCi/l)

Apr - Oct 20

No**

6.6

ND - 6.6

0

5

Erosion of natural deposits

 

Uranium (ug/L)

Oct 20

No

2.2

2.2 - 2.2

0

30

Erosion of natural deposits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INORGANIC

CONTAMINANTS

 

 

 

 

Arsenic (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.10

ND - 0.10

10

10

Orchards; runoff from glass and electronics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

production wastes

 

Barium (ppm)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.064

0.011 - 0.064

2

2

Discharge of drilling wastes; discharge from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

metal refineries; erosion of natural deposits

 

Beryllium (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.40

ND - 0.40

4

4

Discharge from electrical, aerospace and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

defense industries

 

Cadium (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.10

ND - 0.10

5

5

Corrosion of galvanized pipes; erosion of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

natural deposits; discharge from metal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

refineries; runoff from waste batteries &

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

paints

 

Chromium (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.70

ND - 0.70

100

100

Discharge from steel and pulp mills; erosion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

of natural deposits

 

Cyanide (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

17

ND - 17

200

200

Discharge from steel/metal factories; discharge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

from plastic & fertilizer factories

 

Fluoride (ppm)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.74

ND - 0.74

4

4.0

Erosion of natural deposits; discharge from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

fertilizer & aluminum factories. Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

additive which promotes strong teeth when

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

maintained at optimum level of 0.7ppm

 

Lead (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.16

ND - 0.16

0

15

Residue from man-made pollution such as

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

auto emissions & paint; lead pipe, casing &

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

solder

 

Mercury (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.25

ND - 0.25

2

2

Erosion from natural deposits; discharge from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

refineries & factories; runoff from landfills;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

runoff from cropland

 

Nickel (ppb)

Apr - Oct 20

No

1.4

0.38 - 1.4

n/a

100

Pollution from mining & refining operations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural occurrence in soil

 

Nitrate (as Nitrogen)

Apr - Oct 20

No

3.9

0.28 - 3.9

10

10

Runoff from fertilizer use; leaching from septic

 

(ppm)

 

 

 

 

 

 

tanks, sewage; erosion of natural deposits

 

Selenium (ppm)

Apr - Oct 20

No

0.48

ND - 0.48

1

1

Discharge from petroleum & metal refineries;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

erosion of natural deposits

 

Sodium (ppm)

Apr - Oct 20

No

9.2

2.6 - 9.2

n/a

160

Saltwater intrusion, leaching from soil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Well-specific data tables are available by contacting the ECUA Lab Supervisor at (850) 969-6629. **Compliance is based on an average of 4 calendar quarters.

Questions

If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water utility, please contact the ECUA Laboratory Supervisor at 969-6629. We encourage ourvalued customers to be informed about theirwater utility. ECUA Board and Committee meetings are held in the boardroom of the ECUA Administration Building, 9255 Sturdevant St., Pensacola, FL 32514. For a complete schedule of meetings, please contact Executive Assistant, Ms. Amanda Miller, at (850) 969-3302, or visit us on-line at www.ecua.fl.gov. The ECUA Water Quality Report for 2021 will be published by July 1, 2022.

2020 Drinking Water Quality System-Wide Test Results Table

VOLATILE ORGANIC CONTAMINANTS

Contaminant and

 

Sampling

MCL

 

Level

 

Range of

MCLG

MCL

 

Likely source of contamination

 

unit of measurement

Dates (mo/yr)

Violation

Detected

 

Results

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trichloroethylene

Jan - Dec 20

No

0.68

 

ND - 0.70

 

0

 

3

 

Discharge from industrial chemical factories

 

Tetrachloroethylene (ppb)

Jan - Dec 20

No

1.08

 

ND - 1.5

 

0

 

3

 

Discharge from factories and dry cleaners

 

 

 

 

 

 

STAGE 1 & 2 DISINFECTANTS AND DISINFECTION BY-PRODUCTS

 

Disinfectant or Contaminant Dates of MCL or MRDL Level

Range of

 

MCLG

 

MCL or

 

Likely source of contamination

 

and Unit of Measurement

 

Sampling

Violation

Detected

Results

(MRDLG)

 

(MRDL)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chlorine (ppm)

Jan - Dec 20

No

0.73 avg.

0.70 - 0.75

4.0 MRDLG

 

4.0 MRDL

Water additive used to control microbes

 

Total Trihalomethanes (ppb)

Jan - Dec 20

No

2.10 avg.

ND - 3.8

 

 

n/a

 

80/MCL

 

By-products of drinking water disinfection

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEAD AND COPPER (TAP WATER)

 

 

 

Contaminant and

 

Dates of

AL

 

90th

 

No. of sites

MCLG

 

AL

 

Likely source of contamination

 

unit of measurement

 

sampling

Violation

 

percentile exceeding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Y/N

 

 

 

the AL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copper (tap water) (ppm)

 

July - Aug 20

No

 

0.20

 

0

 

1.3

 

 

1.3

 

 

Corrosion of household plumbing systems;

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

erosion of natural deposits; leaching from

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wood preservatives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contaminants that may be present in source water include:

  • Microbial contaminants such as viruses and bacteria, which may be present in nature or 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 byproducts 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.

Precautionary Boil Water Notices

What are Precautionary Boil Water Notices and Why Do We Issue Them? Occasionally, drinking water distribution systems experience disruptions caused by main breaks or planned maintenance, and when a loss of pressure may have occurred, require the issuing of a Precautionary Boil Water Notice (PBWN). The PBWN does not mean that contamination is present, but is merely a precautionary measure until bacteriological sampling confirms that no contamination exists. ECUA

makes every effort possible to keep our customers informed as to the quality of our water. The status of all PBWNs can be obtained any time of day by calling the ECUA SCADA office at (850) 969-3343 or online at www.ecua.fl.gov. Customers may also opt-in to the ECUA Notification System by going through the registration process through a link located on the homepage of the ECUA website.

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 persons, and infants can be particularly at risk from infections. These people should seek advice about drinking

water from their health care providers. EPA/CDC (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines on appropriate means to lessen the risk of infection by cryptosporidium and other microbiological contaminants are available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.

2020 Table of System-Wide Averages

Volatile Organic

Regulatory

Averaged

Compunds (VOC)

MCL

Concentration

Trichloroethlyene (ppb)

3

0.044

 

 

 

Tetrachloroethylene (ppb)

3

0.073

 

 

 

Inorganic

Regulatory

Averaged

Contaminants

MCL

Concentration

Arsenic (ppb)

10

0.022

 

 

 

Barium (ppm)

2

0.028

Beryllium (ppb)

4

0.009

 

 

 

Cadmium (ppb)

5

0.017

Chromium (ppb)

100

0.177

 

 

 

Cyanide (ppb)

200

4.133

Fluoride (ppm)

4

0.450

Lead (ppb)

15

0.055

Mercury (ppb)

2

0.038

Nickel (ppb)

100

0.624

Nitrate (as Nitrogen) (ppm)

10

1.473

 

 

 

Selenium (ppb)

1

0.072

Sodium (ppm)

160

4.692

Lead and Copper

The copper results presented in this report were collected and analyzed in 2020. The results reported showed the ECUA Water System to be in full compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.

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 Emerald Coast Utilities Authority 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 www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.

Contaminants


Emerald Coast Utilities Authority

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: 249872
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Groundwater
  • Total: 27

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Nitrate
  • Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHPA)
  • Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS)
  • Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 1%2C1-Dichloroethylene
  • 1%2C4-Dioxane
  • Aluminum
  • Barium
  • Chlorate
  • Chlorodifluoromethane
  • Chromium (total)
  • cis-1%2C2-Dichloroethylene
  • Cobalt
  • Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Mercury (inorganic)
  • Strontium
  • Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Vanadium
  • Xylenes (total)

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

Does the smell of tap water in Pensacola Florida give you the chills? If so, it is time to invest in an effective purifier for your home. When you own a vacation home, such as a beachfront or condo, you need to keep your family healthy and not have to worry about the health of your family when you are not there. A quality water filtration system can be installed to protect your family from unwanted diseases.

Unfortunately, you cannot always trust what you see in your local grocery store. Some people may not have realized that bottled water is tap water and some people may have thought that they were buying a good bottle of water when they purchased it. There are many contaminants that can be found in tap water, and some of them are quite serious, such as lead, bacteria, and other toxins. You should always purchase a good water filter system if you are serious about protecting your family. You can find out more information on how to filter your tap water by visiting some of the online websites dedicated to home water filtration.

It is not cheap to filter your water, and it may take some time, but you will be happy that you took the steps to protect yourself and your family. You can also find a number of great deals at your local home improvement stores that sell water filtering systems. You can save money by shopping around and looking for the best deals. It does not matter whether you choose a filter system from a name brand manufacturer, or one of the many alternative brands available, make sure that you get a good quality product. It is not worth spending a lot of money on a product that you are not going to benefit from.

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