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Copper in Maryland


Copper is a naturally occuring metal and drinking water contaminant that enters tap water by corrosion of household plumbing systems and erosion of natural deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Maryland

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

Ranked by highest average Copper level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Town of Manchester
Manchester, MD
4,0001 of 1650 ppb
(650 ppb)
2Town of Millington
Millington, MD
9702 of 2422.22 ppb
(234.44 to 610 ppb)
3Midland-Lonaconing
Lonaconing, MD
5,7003 of 3309.07 ppb
(97 to 542.22 ppb)
4Gateway Village Mobile Home Park
Delmar, MD
601 of 1296 ppb
(296 ppb)
5Naylor Mill Village Mobile Home Park
Fruitland, MD
1801 of 1210 ppb
(210 ppb)
6Town of Galena
Galena, MD
4753 of 3206.67 ppb
(25 to 390 ppb)
7Eastwood Village Mobile Home Park
Salisbury, MD
952 of 2183.75 ppb
(77.5 to 290 ppb)
8Klondike Water Company
Cumberland, MD
1951 of 1180 ppb
(180 ppb)
9Worton
Chestertown, MD
8051 of 2175 ppb
(0 to 350 ppb)
10Beaver Run Mobile Home Park
Glen Allen, MD
2751 of 1146.67 ppb
(146.67 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Copper

StandardDescriptionLevel
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.300 ppb
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. 1000 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.1300 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.1300 ppb

Violation Summary for Copper in Maryland

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Maryland