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Chromium (total) in New York


Chromium is a metal that pollutes drinking water due to discharge from steel and pulp mills and erosion of natural deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New York

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

Ranked by highest average Chromium (total) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Hyde Park Terrace Apartments
Poughkeepsie, NY
701 of 1180 ppb
(180 ppb)
2Rensselaer City Pws
Rensselaer, NY
6,7001 of 333.33 ppb
(0 to 100 ppb)
3Owasco Water District
Auburn, NY
3,0002 of 321 ppb
(0 to 60 ppb)
4Glenville WD #11
Glenville, NY
18,5711 of 220 ppb
(0 to 40 ppb)
5Great Meadow/Washington Corr. Facilities
Comstock, NY
3,1001 of 518 ppb
(0 to 90 ppb)
6Union Springs Village
Union Springs, NY
2,0001 of 114 ppb
(14 ppb)
7Pomona Country Club
NY
301 of 113.3 ppb
(13.3 ppb)
8Oswego City
Oswego, NY
29,4002 of 412.88 ppb
(0 to 50 ppb)
9Wooded Estates Mobile Home Court
Harpursville, NY
1923 of 311.35 ppb
(4.05 to 20 ppb)
10Ohr Somayach
Spring Valley, NY
1001 of 110.9 ppb
(10.9 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Chromium (total)

StandardDescriptionLevel
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.100 ppb
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.100 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.100 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 1-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for up to one day of exposure. The One-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1000 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 10-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic effects for up to ten days of exposure. The Ten-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1000 ppb

Violation Summary for Chromium (total) in New York

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly109