Is Worcester Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update1:02 am, June 19, 2020

The estimated price of bottled water

$1.5 in USD (1.5-liter)

Can You Drink Tap Water in Worcester?

No, tap water is not drinkable.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in Massachusetts. You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Worcester water quality.

What Do People In Massachusetts Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Massachusetts have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.

Tap water ratings

  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 13% Very Low
  • Water Pollution 75% High
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 88% Very High
  • Water Quality 25% Low

Contaminants


Worcester Department of Public Works

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Massachusetts 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: 181045
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 22

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • Barium
  • Chromium (total)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Manganese
  • Monobromoacetic acid
  • Monochloroacetic acid
  • Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene)
  • Nitrate
  • o-Dichlorobenzene
  • p-Dichlorobenzene
  • Strontium

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


Worcester Tap Water Quality

According to Worcester, a local government report that the drinking water meets all federal and state requirements set forth by the Safe Drinking Water Act.

To ensure that tap water is safe to drink, USEPA and MassDEP prescribe regulations that limit the number of specific contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water to provide the same protection of public health.

By continuing to comply with the strict regulations for public water systems, Worcester DPW&P Water Operations can be sure that your drinking water is safe.

Source: http://www.worcesterma.gov/uploads/cb/62/cb622a1055c7b94e632cedb488aad253/water-quality-report.pdf

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