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Phosphorus in Ohio

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

The Most Polluted Communities in Ohio

13 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
1City of Jackson
Jackson, OH
9,5901 of 1765 ppb
(765 ppb)
2New Richmond,village of
New Richmond, OH
2,2005 of 5573.69 ppb
(472.11 to 852.53 ppb)
3Village of New Concord
New Concord, OH
2,50030 of 30561.77 ppb
(128 to 1130 ppb)
4City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities
Columbus, OH
897,21333 of 33514.19 ppb
(473.33 to 590 ppb)
5Village of Blanchester
Blanchester, OH
4,5005 of 5479.98 ppb
(349.08 to 590.53 ppb)
6Waynesfield Village Water
Waynesfield, OH
8502 of 2460 ppb
(440 to 480 ppb)
7Echoing Hills Village Pws
Warsaw, OH
8629 of 30408.8 ppb
(0 to 1020 ppb)
8City of Wadsworth
Wadsworth, OH
20,0001 of 1380 ppb
(380 ppb)
9City of Berea
Berea, OH
18,97030 of 30317.67 ppb
(230 to 880 ppb)
10City of New Carlisle
New Carlisle, OH
6,7009 of 10188.97 ppb
(0 to 343.03 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 Ohio

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Ohio