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Water Quality Questionable in Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL


If you call Tampa or St. Petersburg home you’re aware that water is a way of life in Southwest Florida. Whether boating in the bay or catching some rays at the beach water seems to be everywhere, so it may surprise you to learn that, according to a recent study, Florida actually has one of the least safe public drinking water supplies of any state in the country.

The study, published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, demonstrates how 7.5 million Floridians, including those in the greater Tampa Bay area, were exposed to unsafe water that violated the regulations of the Safe Water Act. Some of these violations included high levels of lead and arsenic, two gravely concerning contaminants.

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The national study was conceived in order to evaluate the water quality nationwide after the news broke of the lead contamination crisis in Flint a few years ago. The only state with a higher amount of citizens exposed to water quality violations is Texas, according to the study.

The Tampa Bay area, including Tampa and St. Petersburg, exists within a water caution area as designated by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. What is a water caution area? Simply put, it means that regional action is necessary to address the ever-shrinking amount of freshwater that is causing the water quality and the environment in the area to suffer.

It may seem like there are several freshwater lakes around St. Petersburg and Tampa, but finding truly viable groundwater that can be treated for public consumption is increasingly difficult. One of the factors at play is the steadily growing population – Tampa and St. Petersburg are seeing more people arrive without the infrastructure to support the boom.

In addition, there has been a prolonged water shortage in both Tampa and St. Petersburg fueled by drought and environmental factors. This makes ensuring water quality more of a challenge for the utilities in the area. Add to these problems the aging infrastructure that transports the water and you have a recipe for sub-par water quality.

The specific topography of the area potentially exposes citizens to algae-related toxins and coliform from human waste. Residents living in rural areas further out from city centers are more likely to be exposed to water contaminants, as the water must travel further through aging pipes.

Another study released by the Environmental Working Group less than two years ago claimed that citizens in the Tampa Bay area were being exposed to high levels of chromium-6 in their drinking water. The contaminant chromium-6 gained national recognition as the water contaminant featured in the film “Erin Brockovich,” based on a real-life water contamination. Chorimum-6 is known to cause cancer, reproductive issues, and liver damage.

If you live in the Tampa Bay area there are several steps you can take to protect your family from potentially unsafe water. The water treatment systems you choose should be based on your water quality – there is no one-size-fits-all approach to water treatment. In order to better serve the community Pelican Water now offers in-home service to residents in the Tampa Bay area.

Our trained, professional Sales Consultants can test your water using the mobile test water station in our Mobile Retail Center. After better understanding your water quality your Sales Consultant can show you our inventory in the mobile showroom to help you make the best selection for your home. Our experts handle the sizing, delivery, and installation processes to get your water treatment system operational as quickly as possible. Make an appointment today to learn more.

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