- Failed some Health Guidelines
- Failed some Legal Limits
- Failed some Reporting and Monitoring Requirements
- Uses Chlorine disinfectant
The water department of Philadelphia draws half its water from the Schuylkill River, and half from the Delaware River. The city has three drinking water treatment plants: Baxter, Belmont, and Queen Lane. Baxter Water Treatment Plant is the largest, treating an average of 200 million gallons a day. It provides water for almost 60% of Philadelphia's population. The Belmont and Queen Lane Water Treatment plants use water from the Schuyikill River, which has a higher mineral content and is slightly harder than the Delaware River. In recent years, radioactive elements and potentially carcinogenic disinfectant byproducts have exceeded health guidelines.
Philadelphia, PA Water Quality Recent Violations
There was 1 health violation found in Philadelphia, PA by the EPA in the 2010-2012 reporting periods. They are listed in the table below.
Drinking Water Rule or Contaminant Date Violation Last Reported
Violation Type Violation Number of Violations Enforcement Action Surface Water Treatment Rule
Health-Based: Treatment Technique violation
Treatment Technique (SWTR and GWR)
There were 4 other violations found in Philadelphia, PA by the EPA in the 2010-2012 reporting periods. They are listed in the table below.
|Drinking Water Rule or Contaminant||Date Violation Last Reported||Violation Type||Violation||Number of Violations||Avg Violation||Max Violation||State Standard||Unit of Measure||Enforcement Action|
|Long Term 1 Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule||2012-06-18||Monitoring or reporting violation||Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR)||1||0||Violation/Reminder Notice|
|Long Term 1 Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule||2011-03-16||Monitoring or reporting violation||Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR)||1||0||Compliance Achieved|
|Stage 1 Disinfection By Product Rule||2010-09-16||Monitoring or reporting violation||Monitoring and Reporting (DBP)||1||0||Violation/Reminder Notice|
|Long Term 1 Interim Enhanced Surface Water Treatment Rule||2009-11-23||Monitoring or reporting violation||Monitoring, Turbidity (Enhanced SWTR)||1||0||Public Notification Received|
Philadelphia, PA Water Quality Historical Violations
|Contaminant||Total Tests||Positive Results||Above Health Limits||Above Legal Limits||EPA Regulated||Max Result||Health Limit||Legal Limit|
|Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)||44||44||0||5||Yes||118||-||80|
|Total haloacetic acids (HAAs)||44||44||0||1||Yes||107||70||60|
|Alpha particle activity (incl. radon & uranium)||4||1||0||0||Yes||3.72||-||15|
|Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)||21||1||0||0||Yes||0.60||500||5|
16 Contaminants were detected, 2 above legal limits, 1 above health guidelines, and 13 below limits for water suppliers serving Philadelphia, PA between 2004 and 2009.
38 Water Contaminants were tested for in the Philadelphia, PA area but not found in drinking water between 2004 and 2009.
Data Source: NYTimes.com
The scores and results above reflect a summary of the historical drinking water testing results that has been documented by the EPA and other sources. The color coding of the symbols was developed by WaterFilterComparisions.com as an easy way for individuals to gauge the historical effectiveness of Philadelphia water suppliers in meeting legal and health regulations in providing clean drinking water. This should only be used as a guide, and WaterFilterComparisons recommends you contact Philadelphia water suppliers to better understand the quality of the drinking water in Philadelphia, .