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Beryllium (total) in Indiana


Beryllium is a metal associated with metal refineries and combustion of fossil fuels, especially coal burning; it is released into the environment from electrical, aerospace and defense industries. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Indiana

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

Ranked by highest average Beryllium (total) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Reelsville Water Company
Reelsville, IN
2,1841 of 20.85 ppb
(0 to 1.7 ppb)
2Milford Water Department
Milford, IN
1,6002 of 20.8 ppb
(0.8 ppb)
3Chandler Water Works Department
Newburgh, IN
16,2002 of 20.7 ppb
(0.2 to 1.2 ppb)
4Wingate Water Works
Wingate, IN
3502 of 20.7 ppb
(0.1 to 1.3 ppb)
5Versailles Water Works
Versailles, IN
1,7842 of 60.52 ppb
(0 to 3 ppb)
6Loogootee Water Works
Loogootee, IN
3,8001 of 20.5 ppb
(0 to 1 ppb)
7Lawrence Water Works
Lawrence, IN
41,0001 of 20.48 ppb
(0 to 0.97 ppb)
8Cannelton Utilities
Cannelton, IN
1,2091 of 20.45 ppb
(0 to 0.9 ppb)
9St. Meinrad Archabbey
St. Meinrad, IN
3001 of 20.4 ppb
(0 to 0.8 ppb)
10Stoney Creek Estates
Zanesville, IN
622 of 20.35 ppb
(0.3 to 0.4 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Beryllium (total)

StandardDescriptionLevel
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 ppb
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.4 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.4 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.70 ppb
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.30000 ppb
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.30000 ppb

Violation Summary for Beryllium (total) in Indiana

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly46