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Foaming agents (surfactants) in Kentucky


Foaming agents (surfactants) are detergents or detergent-like substances used as cleaning agents in industrial and consumer goods such as personal care products; they are also used as inert ingredients in pesticides.

The Most Polluted Communities in Kentucky

50 water utilities reported detecting Foaming agents (surfactants) in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Foaming agents (surfactants) level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Arlinghaus Property
Burlington, KY
361 of 2905 ppb
(0 to 1810 ppb)
2Winchester Municipal Utilities
Winchester, KY
34,1191 of 3290 ppb
(0 to 870 ppb)
3Louisville Water Company
Louisville, KY
836,9263 of 4162.5 ppb
(0 to 500 ppb)
4Kentucky-American Water
Lexington, KY
354,4732 of 3156.67 ppb
(0 to 460 ppb)
5Hawesville Water Works
Hawesville, KY
3,2842 of 3110 ppb
(0 to 200 ppb)
6Symsonia Water District
Symsonia, KY
8902 of 3103.33 ppb
(0 to 200 ppb)
7Hartford Municipal Water Works
Hartford, KY
3,4651 of 2100 ppb
(0 to 200 ppb)
8MT Carmel High Boarding School
Vancleve, KY
1501 of 285 ppb
(0 to 170 ppb)
9Marion Water Department
Marion, KY
3,0331 of 285 ppb
(0 to 170 ppb)
10Wheelwright Utility Commission
Wheelwright, KY
1,1551 of 376.67 ppb
(0 to 230 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Foaming agents (surfactants)

StandardDescriptionLevel
National Secondary Drinking Water RegulationsA National Secondary Drinking Water Regulation is a non-enforceable guideline regarding contaminants that may cause cosmetic effects (such as taste, odor, or color). Some states choose to adopt them as enforceable standards. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 500 ppb

Violation Summary for Foaming agents (surfactants) in Kentucky

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

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly6