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Copper in Rhode Island


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 Rhode Island

36 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)
1Nancy Ann Nursing Home, Inc.
Foster, RI
357 of 71375.93 ppb
(223 to 2620 ppb)
2Camp E-Hun-Tee
Exeter, RI
685 of 51136.56 ppb
(333.67 to 2671 ppb)
3Border Hill Mobile Home Park Lic. #36
Charlestown, RI
758 of 9980.69 ppb
(0 to 2466.67 ppb)
4Slatersville Public Supply
Slatersville, RI
3,00018 of 19801.77 ppb
(0 to 3770 ppb)
5Woodpecker Hill Nursing Home
Greene, RI
601 of 1603.6 ppb
(603.6 ppb)
6Shannock Water District
Shannock, RI
7516 of 17514.59 ppb
(0 to 1650 ppb)
7Indian Cedar Mobile Home Park
Charlestown, RI
2003 of 3472.63 ppb
(88 to 773.5 ppb)
8Scituate Commons
North Scituate, RI
383 of 3436.67 ppb
(172.8 to 627.4 ppb)
9Oakland Association, Inc.
Oakland, RI
1751 of 1342.6 ppb
(342.6 ppb)
10Meadowlark, Inc. (Former Meadowlark Mobi
Middletown, RI
1741 of 1329.4 ppb
(329.4 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 Rhode Island

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Rhode Island