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Phosphorus in New York

Phosphorus is a component of fertilizer and manure, and a common pollutant in municipal wastewater discharges.

The Most Polluted Communities in New York

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

Ranked by highest average Phosphorus level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Boyd Community
New Hartford, NY
1264 of 41129.17 ppb
(370 to 1866.67 ppb)
2Mcwa, Genesee East
Rochester, NY
1,1031 of 1440 ppb
(440 ppb)
3WA of Western Nassau
Floral Park, NY
120,000121 of 126217.19 ppb
(0 to 1540 ppb)
4Ilion (V) Water Works
Ilion, NY
9,7041 of 111.8 ppb
(11.8 ppb)
5Westmoreland WD NO 1 (Gu)
Westmoreland, NY
5001 of 110 ppb
(10 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Phosphorus

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.0.1 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.0.5 ppb

Violation Summary for Phosphorus in New York

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New York