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Lead (total) in Alaska


Lead is a metal that enters water by corrosion of household plumbing systems, discharge of industrial pollution and erosion of natural deposits. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Alaska

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

Ranked by highest average Lead (total) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Sand Point Water System
Sand Point, AK
1,1321 of 199.6 ppb
(99.6 ppb)
2Anchor Point Watering Point
Anchor Point, AK
3481 of 182.6 ppb
(82.6 ppb)
3Kotlik Water System
Kotlik, AK
5911 of 19.61 ppb
(9.61 ppb)
4Fort Greely - Main Post
Fort Greely, AK
7708 of 85.12 ppb
(0.33 to 15.72 ppb)
5Holy Cross Water System
Holy Cross, AK
2901 of 13.12 ppb
(3.12 ppb)
6Grayling Water System
Bethel, AK
1952 of 23.04 ppb
(0.51 to 5.57 ppb)
7Lower Kalskag Water System
Lower Kalskag, AK
3022 of 22.92 ppb
(1.41 to 4.44 ppb)
8Savoonga Water Supply System
Savoonga, AK
6562 of 22.91 ppb
(1.94 to 3.88 ppb)
9Moa Municipality of Anchorage
Anchorage, AK
221,3514 of 52.65 ppb
(0 to 11.6 ppb)
10Russian Mission Water System
Russian Mission, AK
3001 of 12.43 ppb
(2.43 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Lead (total)

StandardDescriptionLevel
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.0 ppb
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.0.2 ppb

Violation Summary for Lead (total) in Alaska

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly4
Failure to notify public of violation1