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Arsenic (total) in Minnesota


Arsenic contaminates drinking water due to mining runoff, erosion of natural deposits, emissions from glass and electronics processing and the use of arsenical compounds as wood preservatives and pesticides. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Minnesota

304 water utilities reported detecting Arsenic (total) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Arsenic (total) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Fisher
Fisher, MN
3981 of 126.6 ppb
(26.6 ppb)
2Dumont
Dumont, MN
1155 of 524.96 ppb
(21 to 30 ppb)
3Oak Manor Mobile Home Park
Baudette, MN
1508 of 824 ppb
(19 to 30 ppb)
4Dalton
Dalton, MN
2566 of 622.12 ppb
(21 to 25.7 ppb)
5Norcross
Norcross, MN
559 of 920.87 ppb
(2.5 to 30 ppb)
6Elizabeth
Elizabeth, MN
1758 of 818.93 ppb
(6.6 to 29 ppb)
7Alberta
Alberta, MN
1421 of 117.3 ppb
(17.3 ppb)
8Otisco Cooperative Water Association
Otisco, MN
707 of 716.27 ppb
(14 to 19 ppb)
9Buffalo Lake
Buffalo Lake, MN
77310 of 1015.99 ppb
(8.2 to 24 ppb)
10Mcintosh
Mcintosh, MN
61611 of 1114.21 ppb
(5.7 to 21 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Arsenic (total)

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0 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.<0.01 ppb
EPA Human Health Water Quality CriteriaWater quality criteria set by the US EPA provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect human health. These are non-enforceable standards based upon exposure by both drinking water and the contribution of water contamination to other consumed foods. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0.02 ppb
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0.02 ppb
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.2 ppb
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.10 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.10 ppb

Violation Summary for Arsenic (total) in Minnesota

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Over maximum contaminant level, Average23