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Copper in Virginia

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 Virginia

795 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
1Campbell County East System
801 of 17000 ppb
(7000 ppb)
2Beacon Hill-Lcsa
Leesburg, VA
2981 of 17000 ppb
(7000 ppb)
3Hillcrest Subdivision
Bedford, VA
1301 of 16900 ppb
(6900 ppb)
4Holland Subdivision
Smithfield, VA
4241 of 16000 ppb
(6000 ppb)
5Keswick Estates
Keswick, VA
1201 of 16000 ppb
(6000 ppb)
6Fort Eustis
Fort Eustis, VA
16,9003 of 35000 ppb
(5000 ppb)
7Little Creek Amphibious Base - U.S. Navy
Norfolk, VA
9,7821 of 15000 ppb
(5000 ppb)
8Appalachia #1/Wise Co Psa
Coeburn, VA
3503 of 43675 ppb
(0 to 7000 ppb)
9Western Virginia Water Authority
155,0003 of 33666.67 ppb
(3000 to 4000 ppb)
10Mount Hermon - (Pcsa)
Danville, VA
4,3491 of 23500 ppb
(0 to 7000 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Copper

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 Virginia

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Virginia