Menu

EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

Donate

South Broward Utility/sunrise

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Florida 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

  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Serves: 9,457
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

4

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

59 Total Contaminants

  • Legal does not necessarily equal safe. Getting a passing grade from the federal government does not mean the water meets the latest health guidelines.
  • Legal limits for contaminants in tap water have not been updated in almost 20 years.
  • The best way to ensure clean tap water is to keep pollution out of source water in the first place.

Legal ≠ Safe

EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.

The federal government’s legal limits are not health-protective. The EPA has not set a new tap water standard in almost 20 years, and some standards are more than 40 years old.

Contaminants Detected

Arsenic

Potential Effect: cancer163x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.650 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.004 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppb
DETAILS
X

Arsenic is a potent carcinogen and common contaminant in drinking water. Arsenic causes thousands of cases of cancer each year in the U.S. Click here to read more about arsenic.

Arsenic was found at 163 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

0.65 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.682 ppb

State Average

0.515 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Pollution Sources

agriculture icon

Agriculture

industry icon

Industry

naturally occuring icon

Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

reverse osmosis icon

Reverse Osmosis

ion exchange icon

Ion Exchange

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)

Potential Effect: 142x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY14.2 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT60 ppb
DETAILS
X

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)

more about
this contaminant

Haloacetic acids are formed when disinfectants such as chlorine are added to tap water. The group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid.

Haloacetic acids (HAA5) was found at 142 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

14.2 ppb

Legal Limit

60 ppb

National Average

17.2 ppb

State Average

19.3 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for the group of five haloacetic acids, or HAA5, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a on-in-a-million lifetime cancer risk level. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Pollution Sources

water treatment icon

Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

carbon filter icon

Activated Carbon

reverse osmosis icon

Reverse Osmosis

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Potential Effect: cancer99x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY14.9 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.15 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT80 ppb
DETAILS
X

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

more about
this contaminant

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform.

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) was found at 99 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.15 ppb or less

This Utility

14.9 ppb

Legal Limit

80 ppb

National Average

30.1 ppb

State Average

33.5 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The health guideline of 0.15 parts per billion, or ppb, for the group of four trihalomethanes, or THM4/TTHM, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-one-million lifetime cancer risk level.

Pollution Sources

water treatment icon

Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

carbon filter icon

Activated Carbon

reverse osmosis icon

Reverse Osmosis

Toxaphene

Potential Effect: cancer3.8x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.113 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.03 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT3 ppb
DETAILS
X

Toxaphene is a neurotoxic, persistent and bioaccumulative insecticide classified by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen.

Toxaphene was found at 3.8 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.03 ppb or less

This Utility

0.113 ppb

Legal Limit

3 ppb

National Average

ppb

State Average

0.000711 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.03 ppb for toxaphene was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Pollution Sources

agriculture icon

Agriculture

Filtering Options

carbon filter icon

Activated Carbon

reverse osmosis icon

Reverse Osmosis

Includes chemicals detected in 2015-2017 for which annual utility averages exceeded an EWG-selected health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority.


Other Contaminants Tested


South Broward Utility/sunrise compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, South Broward Utility/sunrise complied with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 12 QUARTERS
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2016 to March 2019

Information in this section on South Broward Utility/sunrise comes from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online database (ECHO).

LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS UTILITY

Water Filters That Can Reduce Contaminant Levels

ContaminantActivated Carbonactivated carbonReverse Osmosisreverse osmosisIon Exchangeion exchange
CONTAMINANTS ABOVE
HEALTH GUIDELINES
Arsenic
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
Toxaphene
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
1,1,1-Trichloroethane
1,1,2-Trichloroethane
1,1-Dichloroethylene
1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene
1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)
1,2-Dichloroethane
1,2-Dichloropropane
2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
2,4-D
Alachlor (Lasso)
Aluminum
Atrazine
Barium
Benzene
Benzo[a]pyrene
Carbofuran
Carbon tetrachloride
Chlordane
cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene
Dalapon
Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)
Dinoseb
Diquat
Endothall
Endrin
Ethylbenzene
Ethylene dibromide
Fluoride
Glyphosate
Heptachlor
Heptachlor epoxide
Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
Lindane
Methoxychlor
Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene)
Nitrate
Nitrite
o-Dichlorobenzene
Oxamyl (Vydate)
p-Dichlorobenzene
Pentachlorophenol
Picloram
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Simazine
Styrene
Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
Toluene
trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene
Trichloroethylene
Uranium, combined (pCi/L)
Vinyl chloride
Xylenes (total)

Take Action

Contact Your Local Official

One of the best ways to push for cleaner water is to hold accountable the elected officials who have a say in water quality – from city hall and the state legislature to Congress all the way to the Oval Office – by asking questions and demanding answers.

LEARN MORE

Filter Out Contaminants

Check out our recommendations for filters to protect your water against the detected contaminants.

EWG’S WATER FILTER GUIDE