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Phenanthrene in New Jersey


Phenanthrene is a pollutant from the incomplete combustion of fossil fuels, and is also used in the manufacture of dyes, explosives and pharmaceuticals.

The Most Polluted Communities in New Jersey

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

Ranked by highest average Phenanthrene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1NJ American Water Company
Shorthills, NJ
217,2301 of 10.21 ppb
(0.21 ppb)
2New Jersey American - Elizabethtown
Plainfield, NJ
609,3871 of 10.05 ppb
(0.05 ppb)
3Passaic Valley Water Commission
Totowa, NJ
314,9001 of 10.02 ppb
(0.02 ppb)
4Sayreville W Dept
Sayreville, NJ
39,0001 of 10.02 ppb
(0.02 ppb)
5NJ Water Supply Authority Manasquan
Allenwood, NJ
35,6001 of 10.02 ppb
(0.02 ppb)
6Middlesex Water Company
Woodbridge Twp, NJ
233,3761 of 10.02 ppb
(0.02 ppb)
7Brick Township Mua
Brick Twp, NJ
80,4941 of 10.01 ppb
(0.01 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Phenanthrene

There are no health based standards that EWG is using for this chemical

Violation Summary for Phenanthrene in New Jersey

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New Jersey