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National Drinking Water Database

Selenium (total) in New York

Selenium is a naturally occurring element that contaminates water due to mining or petrolum refining, fly-ash from coal-burning power plants, and irrigation of arid farmland soils high in selenium. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in New York

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

Ranked by highest average Selenium (total) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Mountain View Mobile Home Park - Fenton
Port Crane, NY
1221 of 140 ppb
(40 ppb)
2Guilford Water District
Guilford, NY
3501 of 420 ppb
(0 to 80 ppb)
3Partridge Acres
Central Square, NY
1751 of 316.67 ppb
(0 to 50 ppb)
4Four Winds Hospital
Katonah, NY
4002 of 311.67 ppb
(0 to 33.33 ppb)
5Camelot Homes
Richfield Springs, NY
5001 of 110 ppb
(10 ppb)
6Country Meadows Comm. Mhp
Frankfort, NY
361 of 110 ppb
(10 ppb)
7Old Forge (V) Water District
Old Forge, NY
3,0001 of 210 ppb
(0 to 20 ppb)
8Bangor Wd
North Bangor, NY
2501 of 210 ppb
(0 to 20 ppb)
9Childrens Home Rtf
Binghamton, NY
251 of 210 ppb
(0 to 20 ppb)
10Nanticoke Creek (Maine)
Endicott, NY
1701 of 110 ppb
(10 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Selenium (total)

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.50 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.50 ppb
Lifetime health-based limit, non-cancer riskConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for a lifetime of exposure. The Lifetime health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is based on exposure for a a 70-kg adult consuming 2 liters of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.50 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.170 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.200 ppb

Violation Summary for Selenium (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
Failure to monitor regularly109