Water Quality Report CCR
The City of Dania Beach provides water to over 30,000 residents and visitors each year.
The quality of Dania Beach’s drinking water has earned the City numerous honors:
- Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers (FICE) Engineering Excellence 2012 Grand Award
- FICE’s Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) recognized Dania Beach for innovative projects and studies.
- Florida Design-Build Honor Award in the Water/Wastewater Category / Award presented to projects that demonstrate successful application of design-build best practices as defined by the DBIA Design-Build Manual of Practice
The Dania Beach Water Quality Reports
2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
2014 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
2013 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
2012 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report
“We at The City of Dania Beach work around the clock to provide the highest possible water quality to every customer tap that is bacteriologically sound as well as aesthetically pleasing,” said Philip W Skidmore.
The City of Dania Beach makes every effort to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to insuring the quality of your water. We ask that all our customers help us protect our water sources which are the heart of our community, our way of life and our children’s future.
The sources of drinking water (both tap water and bottled water) include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds,
reservoirs, springs, and wells. As water travels over the surface of the land or through the ground, it
dissolves naturally occurring minerals and, in some cases, radioactive material, and can pick up
substances resulting from the presence of animals or from human activity.
In order to ensure that tap water is safe to drink, the EPA prescribes regulations, which limit the
amount of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations establish limits for contaminants in bottled water, which must
provide the same protection for public health.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires monitoring of over 80 drinking water
contaminants. Those contaminants listed in the Water Quality Reports are the only contaminants detected in your
Drinking water, including bottled water, may reasonably be expected to contain at least small amounts
of some contaminants. The presence of contaminants does not necessarily indicate that the water poses
a health risk. More information about contaminants and potential health effects can be obtained by
calling the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 1-800-426-4791.
ABOUT DANIA BEACH WATER
Source of The Dania Beach drinking water.
The Biscayne Aquifer is the main source of water for the City of Dania Beach. The City has two wells that draw water from the Biscayne Aquifer from 60 feet below the surface. The Biscayne Aquifer water is very hard and has some color, so the City softens it in their water treatment plant before distributing it to your home. The City is in the process of looking for a new well site and will be installing back-up power in the event of outages or storms. The City also gets water from Broward County's regional well field to treat. This is also Biscayne Aquifer water and also requires softening and color reduction.
Dania Beach water is filtered and extensively tested for impurities.
The Public Services Department maintains a testing program that exceeds state and federal regulations. We test for pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, volatile organic compounds, etc. Testing is conducted at various locations within our system.
Bottled water is not necessarily safer or healthier to drink than tap water.
The safety of bottled water and tap water initially depends on the source of the water. Monitoring and source protection, treatment and testing ultimately determine the quality of the finished product. For the first time, the 1996 Authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act requires that bottled water be monitored and tested in the same rigorous manner that tap water has been subject to for years. Your tap water consistently meets drinking water standards, it is not necessary to use either bottled water or a home water treatment device to have safe water to drink. 50% of bottled water manufacturers get their water from the same sources as municipal water departments. Bottled water costs about 1,000 times more than tap water and most of that pays for product packaging and advertising. Because bottled water is not required to be date stamped, its quality can deteriorate over time. Any bacteria in the water at the time of bottling can continue to grow.
In recent years, the popularity of bottled water has increased dramatically. There are approximately 700 brands of bottled water sold in the United States alone. The most common kinds are spring water, mineral water, purified water, sparkling water, and well water. Considered a food product, bottled water is regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), while tap water, a utility product, is regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The re-authorized Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996 requires that the FDA establish regulations for bottled water equivalent to those for tap water.
Take back the tap! Enjoy your Dania Beach water.
The City of Dania Beach is proud to CONSERVE WATER. The City provides various programs and challenges to its residents. Find out more on Water Conservation.
Risks of using a home water treatment device.
The EPA does not recommend home treatment devices as a substitute for public water treatment because of the difficulty in monitoring system performance. Home treatment devices are not tested or regulated by the federal government. Some, however, are tested by independent laboratories. If you want to use a water treatment device, carefully choose one according to the water conditions in your area. Also, be aware that a device needs to be properly maintained. If regular maintenance is not performed properly, water quality problems can actually result.
The Safe Drinking Water Act.
In the early 1900's, states began to monitor and regulate water systems. Water professionals worked closely with researchers and health officials to develop standards to protect public health. In 1974, the federal government created uniform national requirements for public water supplies by passing the original Safe Drinking Water Act. It directed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish standards and requirements to protect consumers from harmful contaminants in drinking water. In 1986, the SDWA was updated with additional regulations aimed at improving water quality. The 1996 re-authorization of the Safe Drinking Water Act strikes a balance among federal, state, local, urban, rural, large and small water system requirements that improve the protection of public health and bring reason and good science to the regulatory process.
One of the provisions of the newly updated Safe Drinking Water Act requires that the Food and Drug Administration establish regulations for bottled water. The law specifies that the regulations for bottled water are to be no less stringent than those issued for public water systems. It also requires EPA to study the feasibility of informing consumers of bottled water content.
The Safe Drinking Water Hot-line phone number is 800-426-4791, for more information about the SDWA, call the EPA toll-free Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
Standards for taste, odor and appearance.
The City tests and monitors drinking water to meet two types of standards. The primary standards, called MCL's, are set to protect human health and the secondary standards concern aesthetic considerations such as taste, odor and appearance. Health and aesthetic aspects are the driving forces behind drinking water regulations.
What is "Hard" water?
Hard water is water high in minerals -- some of which are essential for health. However, laundry washed in hard water may not seem as clean. Water softeners may help, but because they add sodium, they should not be attached to water lines used for cooking or drinking. Note: bottled mineral water is extremely "hard." Dania Beach water is very soft.
There is no radon in the water.
NO. In our lab testing, radon was non-detectable in our potable water.
Preparing tap water for fish tanks.
The Water Treatment Plant uses chlorine to disinfect the water. This is important so humans don't get waterborne diseases. Chloramines can be lethal to fish, so it's important to adequately de-chlorinate water before it's added to an aquarium.
What causes hair to turn green:
The most common cause of "green hair" is a chemical reaction that occurs when copper leaches into water from copper plumbing within your home, and these copper compounds react with blond hair. "Green hair" may also occur when blond hair has contact with the high chlorine dosages or copper sulfate used in pools and spas for algae control. Hair tints, dyes, and permanents can significantly alter the chemical structure of hair and cause it to react adversely with other chemicals such as chlorine. Using special shampoos designed for swimmers or for color-treated or permed hair may be helpful.
Who can I call if I have questions about my water?
Call the Department of Public Services at 954-924-6808 x3747 or 954-924-3747.
Who can I call to get my water tested, or if I have a quality complaint?
Call the Department of Public Services at 954-924-6808 x3747 or 954-924-3747.
The Dania Beach Water Quality Reports are available here: www.daniabeachfl.gov/ccr