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Table 3: Contaminated Drinking Water Outside California

Rocket Fuel in Drinking Water: Table 3: Contaminated Drinking Water Outside California

March 3, 2003

Table 3. Outside California, more than 100 drinking water sources in 19 states are known to be contaminated with perchlorate.

State

Location

Number of contaminated sources

Maximum concentration (ppb)*

Colorado River

9

Lake Mead

24

AL

Escambia County: Atmore Utility Board

2

8.9

AZ

Maricopa County

(1)

(4)

AZ

La Paz County: Brooke Water-Lakeside

3

6

GA

Oconee County: Oconee Co.- Watkinsville

1

38

GA

Houston County: Feagin Mill

1

5.2

IA

Clinton

(3)

(6)

IN

Greenwood

(1)

(4)

MA

Bourne

2

0.4

MD

Aberdeen

3

2

MD

Hagerstown

1

4

MN

Rice County: Northfield Water

1

6.02

MN

Ramsey County: New Brighton Water

1

4.54

NC

Nash County: Vick's MHP

2

6.2

NE

Lewiston

1

5

NJ

Middlesex County: Middlesex Water Co

3

7.1

NM

Clovis

(1)

(4)

NM

Near eastern border of state

7

7.1

NV

Clark County: Mohave Generating Station

3

6.8

NY

Westhampton

1

16

NY

Yaphank

1

24

NY

Nassau County: Plainview WD

5

11

NY

Nassau County: Bethpage WD

3

5

PA

Yardley

(1)

(5)

PA

Lancaster County: Columbia Water Co

1

12.1

PA

Crawford County: Meadville Area Water Authority

1

32.7

PA

Huntington County: Huntington Boro Water Dept

1

6.7

PA

Berks County: Muhlenberg Town Municipal Authority

1

4

TX

Midland, Hockley, Gaines, Dawson, Glascock, Martin, Andrews, Ector, and Howard Counties

47 systems**

32

UT

Magna

1

16

UT

Promontory

1

42

VA

Accomack County: Perdue Farms Inc

1

4.3

WA

Puyallup

4

8

WA

Pierce County: Lakewood WD

2

6

*Parentheses indicates unconfirmed detections. PPB = parts per billion.
**Number of contaminated sources in these systems not available

Source: EWG 2003


References:

  1. Associated Press (AP). 2002. High levels of chemical found in West Texas drinking water. April 23, 2002.
  2. Clean Water Report (CWR). 2002. Possible perchlorate lessons to learn as pollutant progresses to city wells; Maryland. August 12, 2002.
  3. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2001. Memorandum re: Perchlorate occurrence table and maps. March 2, 2001.
  4. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 2003b. Data downloaded from EPA’s Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule database. Data as of January 2003. http://www.epa.gov/safewater/data/ucmrgetdata.html.
  5. Gullick, RW; Lechevallier, MW; Barhorst, TS. 2001. Occurrence of perchlorate in drinking water sources. American Water Works Association Journal. Jan 2001: 66-76.
  6. Rogers, K. 2003. Company seeks help with cleanup. Las Vegas Review-Journal. January 11, 2003.
  7. Sweeney, F. 2003. Contamination may have spread; more San Martin wells to be tested. February 23, 2003. San Jose Mercury News.