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Copper in New Jersey


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 New Jersey

592 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)
1Sea Village Marina L L C
Northfield, NJ
2402 of 31936.09 ppb
(0 to 5732 ppb)
2Lake Tamarack W Co
Hardyston Twp, NJ
1,0004 of 41366.54 ppb
(164.5 to 2580 ppb)
3Oceanview Ctr For Rehab and Continuing C
NJ
1209 of 91348.54 ppb
(471.67 to 3280 ppb)
4Brandywine Assisted Livining AT Colts Ne
NJ
2097 of 81000.44 ppb
(0 to 2763.75 ppb)
5Delilah Terrace Mhp
Egg Harbor Twp, NJ
2101 of 1959 ppb
(959 ppb)
6Hardyston Twp Mua
Hardyston Twp., NJ
76911 of 11950.93 ppb
(519.69 to 1685.82 ppb)
7Sparta Twp Water Utilities Sussex Mills
Sparta, NJ
50410 of 10790.27 ppb
(37.8 to 1370 ppb)
8NJ American W Co Belvide
Belvidere Town, NJ
3,1585 of 5772.02 ppb
(513 to 1075 ppb)
9Hopewell Place Senior Apts
Hopewell Twp, NJ
1008 of 8716.28 ppb
(47 to 2423.33 ppb)
10Albert C Wagner Youth Co
Chesterfield Twp, NJ
2,4001 of 1709.71 ppb
(709.71 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 New Jersey

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly1