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Aluminum in Kentucky


Aluminum is a metal released from metal refineries and mining operations.

The Most Polluted Communities in Kentucky

143 water utilities reported detecting Aluminum in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Aluminum level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Morganfield Water Works
Morganfield, KY
6,1052 of 2799.5 ppb
(89 to 1510 ppb)
2North Point Training Center
Burgin, KY
1,5502 of 3703.67 ppb
(0 to 2070 ppb)
3Lancaster Water Works
Lancaster, KY
5,9402 of 2364.5 ppb
(46 to 683 ppb)
4Millersburg Municipal Water Works
Millersburg, KY
1,2772 of 2339 ppb
(138 to 540 ppb)
5Harlan Municipal Water Works
Harlan, KY
7,2602 of 2289 ppb
(200 to 378 ppb)
6Cumberland Co Water District
Burkesville, KY
7,5902 of 2258.5 ppb
(90 to 427 ppb)
7Mountain Water Dist #1 Marrow Bone
Pikeville, KY
22,3255 of 5240 ppb
(50 to 540 ppb)
8Liberty Water Works
Liberty, KY
3,2742 of 2230.5 ppb
(21 to 440 ppb)
9Fort Knox Engineering & Housing
Ft Knox, KY
42,4004 of 4230.38 ppb
(139.5 to 393.5 ppb)
10Letcher County Water District
Whitesburg, KY
2,9702 of 2226 ppb
(170 to 282 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Aluminum

StandardDescriptionLevel
National Secondary Drinking Water RegulationsA National Secondary Drinking Water Regulation is a non-enforceable guideline regarding contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color). Some states choose to adopt them as enforceable standards. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 200 ppb
California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.600 ppb

Violation Summary for Aluminum in Kentucky

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in Kentucky since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly6