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Dibromoacetic acid in Maryland


Dibromoacetic acid is a disinfection byproduct regulated by EPA as one of five haloacetic acids that are formed when chlorine, chloramines or other disinfectants react with organic and inorganic matter in water. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Maryland

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

Ranked by highest average Dibromoacetic acid level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Town of Elkton
Elkton, MD
12,45811 of 269.01 ppb
(0 to 48.1 ppb)
2Town of Berlin
Berlin, MD
3,9451 of 22.93 ppb
(0 to 5.85 ppb)
3Town of Sharptown
Sharptown, MD
65012 of 132.81 ppb
(0 to 4.22 ppb)
4Ocean City
Ocean City, MD
30,00013 of 162.8 ppb
(0 to 15.3 ppb)
5Martingham Utilities Cooperative
St Michaels, MD
6751 of 22.49 ppb
(0 to 4.97 ppb)
6Riddle Farm
Berlin, MD
1502 of 22.04 ppb
(1.83 to 2.25 ppb)
7Pocomoke City
Pocomoke City, MD
4,1002 of 21.45 ppb
(1.23 to 1.66 ppb)
8Ocean Pines
Berlin, MD
11,0005 of 81.38 ppb
(0 to 3.4 ppb)
9Harford County D.P.W.
Perryman, MD
104,5674 of 231.36 ppb
(0 to 16.93 ppb)
10Bark Hill
Westminster, MD
1852 of 41.2 ppb
(0 to 3.97 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Dibromoacetic acid

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.60 ppb

Violation Summary for Dibromoacetic acid in Maryland

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Maryland