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Selenium (total) in Oregon


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 Oregon

28 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
(Range)
1Bear Creek Hideout/Rose Lodge
Otis, OR
1251 of 25.5 ppb
(0 to 11 ppb)
2City of Jordan Valley
Jordan Valley, OR
2501 of 15.3 ppb
(5.3 ppb)
3Evergreen Meadows
Prospect, OR
252 of 22.28 ppb
(1.74 to 2.81 ppb)
4River Village Mhp
Ontario, OR
282 of 31.72 ppb
(0 to 3.15 ppb)
5Raintree Estates
Corvallis, OR
501 of 31.38 ppb
(0 to 4.15 ppb)
6City of Vale
Vale, OR
1,9971 of 21.25 ppb
(0 to 2.5 ppb)
7Western Heights Water Company
Baker City, OR
701 of 21.19 ppb
(0 to 2.38 ppb)
8Rogue Lea Estates-North/South
Grants Pass, OR
3501 of 11 ppb
(1 ppb)
9Madrone Hills Mobile Home Park
Central Point, OR
2251 of 10.91 ppb
(0.91 ppb)
10Dry Creek Airpark
Prineville, OR
301 of 10.87 ppb
(0.87 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Selenium (total)

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.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 Oregon

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly59