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Nitrite in Illinois


Nitrite is a chemical that enters water from fertilizer runoff, leaching septic tanks, and erosion of natural deposits.

The Most Polluted Communities in Illinois

132 water utilities reported detecting Nitrite in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Nitrite level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Atlanta
Atlanta, IL
1,64923 of 250.61 ppm
(0 to 1.3 ppm)
2Chrisman
Chrisman, IL
1,20068 of 740.6 ppm
(0 to 1.85 ppm)
3Hammond
Hammond, IL
518199 of 2130.6 ppm
(0 to 1.52 ppm)
4IL American-Saunemin
Creve Coeur, IL
45622 of 250.54 ppm
(0 to 1.6 ppm)
5Ogden
Ogden, IL
7501 of 40.5 ppm
(0 to 2 ppm)
6Camargo
Camargo, IL
6001 of 10.5 ppm
(0.5 ppm)
7Metamora
Metamora, IL
2,6502 of 20.46 ppm
(0.42 to 0.49 ppm)
8Elmwood
Elmwood, IL
2,1001 of 30.37 ppm
(0 to 1.1 ppm)
9Goodfield
Goodfield, IL
7001 of 10.35 ppm
(0.35 ppm)
10Woodland
Woodland, IL
31947 of 730.34 ppm
(0 to 2.28 ppm)

Health Based Limits for Nitrite

StandardDescriptionLevel
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1 ppm
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.1 ppm
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.1 ppm
Children's health-based limit for 1-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for up to one day of exposure. The One-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1 ppm
Children's health-based limit for 10-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic effects for up to ten days of exposure. The Ten-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1 ppm

Violation Summary for Nitrite in Illinois

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly11
Over maximum contaminant level, Average6