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Is the water safe to drink in Erie, Pennsylvania?

My cousin Dave lives in Erie and I got to wondering how safe the water is at his house last time I was there. Most Erie residents will admit the water doesn’t taste great, but is there any really bad stuff in it? Turns out, yes there is and if you don’t have a good water filter, you’re being exposed to these pollutants!

There are five nasty chemicals in Erie’s drinking water that exceed the healthy levels. Every time you drink water in Erie, you are also swallowing these substances: haloacetic acids, trihalomethanes, Radium-226, Radium-228, and Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate. 

Haloacetic acids

At 13.61 ppb these were found to be two times higher than the healthy limit, significantly increasing the risk of cancer for those who are unknowingly consuming this industrial grade disinfectant.


31.99 ppb was the level for this nasty piece of work, which is three times higher than it should be. This chemical also increases the chances of cancer.

Radium-226 and Radium-228

Radium is radioactive, similar to nuclear waste. Any amount of Radium in the water is a cause for concern, and testing found 0.47 pCi/L of Radium-228 in Erie’s water.

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

There was also 0.11 pCi/L of this chemical found in the water, which is 0.06 too high, considering that this pollutant can cause cancer and damage hormone levels (such as Testosterone).

Data from the Environmental Working Group’s excellent database.

Get a Water Filter, you owe it to yourself!

If you live in Erie, you need a water filter. This junk in your water is nasty and it increases your risk of cancer, and your children’s risk of poor development. There is also a serious amount of lead in the water in some parts of Erie, according to other tests done in the last few years. Get yourself a good quality water filter and you won’t have to worry when you drink Erie’s water. I got my cousin a high quality Berkey filter, now he doesn’t have to worry anymore about getting cancer or worse from his water!

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