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Lead (total) in Kentucky


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 Kentucky

228 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)
1Pendleton Co Water District #1/South
Falmouth, KY
4,1254 of 68.07 ppb
(0 to 40 ppb)
2Dry Ridge Water Works Commission
Dry Ridge, KY
2,6303 of 36.89 ppb
(1 to 11 ppb)
3Centertown Water System
Centertown, KY
1,5971 of 36.67 ppb
(0 to 20 ppb)
4Adairville Water Works
Adairville, KY
1,3072 of 46.65 ppb
(0 to 25.1 ppb)
5Phoenix Property Owners Assoc
Dwarf, KY
4121 of 65.33 ppb
(0 to 32 ppb)
6Liberty Water Works
Liberty, KY
3,2741 of 15 ppb
(5 ppb)
7Elkhorn City Water Dept
Elkhorn City, KY
1,5181 of 24.95 ppb
(0 to 9.9 ppb)
8Cadiz Municipal Water Co
Cadiz, KY
5,7952 of 34.64 ppb
(0 to 11.43 ppb)
9Frenchburg Water Company
Frenchburg, KY
8,8743 of 54.49 ppb
(0 to 17.5 ppb)
10Vine Grove Water Department
Vine Grove, KY
6,0854 of 44.25 ppb
(3 to 7 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 Kentucky

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Kentucky