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National Drinking Water Database

Lead (total) in New York

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 New York

229 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
1Festival Garden Apartments
Syracuse, NY
722 of 283.63 ppb
(37.25 to 130 ppb)
2Delanson Village Water Works
Delanson, NY
4001 of 270 ppb
(0 to 140 ppb)
3Fort Covington Wd
Fort Covington, NY
9001 of 135 ppb
(35 ppb)
4Ledgeview Village M.H.P.
Lake George, NY
771 of 130.5 ppb
(30.5 ppb)
5May Lane Mobile Park
Verbank, NY
1001 of 130 ppb
(30 ppb)
6Paris Consolidated WD (Sauquoit)
Sauquoit, NY
2,6391 of 126.5 ppb
(26.5 ppb)
7Castle Point Medical Center
Castle Point, NY
1,3001 of 120 ppb
(20 ppb)
8Elmira Water Board
Elmira, NY
70,0001 of 120 ppb
(20 ppb)
9Potsdam Village
Potsdam, NY
9,6252 of 213.36 ppb
(1.73 to 25 ppb)
10Mount Upton Water District
Guilford, NY
3001 of 112 ppb
(12 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Lead (total)

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 New York

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
State Assigned Maximum Permissible Level Non-Compliance45
Failure to notify public of violation1