Houston’s Drinking Water

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February 26, 2016
Drinking Water

Photo credit: Your Water Knowledge

Most Houstonians probably do not think too much about the water that comes out of their faucets. Perhaps, it is time we took a closer look at the water flowing into our homes.

As the the fourth-largest city in the U.S., Houston draws its drinking water from many sources across the city. These sources include the Trinity River, the San Jacinto River, as well as Lake Houston. These beautiful bodies of water hide an ugly secret.

Houston’s water routinely contains chemicals exceeding federal and state health guidelines. The chemicals in our water have also exceeded EPA legal health standards. The water in Houston has been found to have a variety of disinfection byproducts and even illegal levels of alpha particles, a type of radiation.

Yes, it is true. Our city is considered to have some of the worst drinking water in the country. Thankfully, we have an alternative: bottled water. One would be amazed how many bottled water options from which we have to choose.

In fact, there is an entire competition devoted to finding the best bottled water in the world! Houston’s Voice’s sister site, Berkeley Springs: Community Matters, will be LIVE streaming the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting Competition TODAY, February 26th and tomorrow, February, 27th. Check it out HERE.

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