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Artesian Water Company Utilities - Wilmington, DE


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Anthracene

Anthracene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from fossil fuel combustion, wastewater treatment, waste incineration; it is used to make dyes and plastics and leaches from water distribution system tanks and pipes lined with coal tar.
 
This Drinking Water System
Test Days Exceeding Health GuidelinesDefinition of what this is
0 days
Test Days Exceeding Legal LimitsNumber of days in which the samples taken in that day exceed the Maximum Contaminant Level (Depending on the contaminant and its MCL, that may or may not trigger an MCL violation. Some MCLs are based on averages spanning several months to a year)
0 days
Test DaysNumber of days in which this chemical has reported results in the data we received from the State
73 days
Tests ConductedNumber of individual tests done for this contaminant
168 tests

Testing Summary

ContaminantAverage/
Maximum
Result
Health Limit
Exceeded
Legal Limit
Exceeded

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
AnthraceneAnthracene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from fossil fuel combustion, wastewater treatment, waste incineration; it is used to make dyes and plastics and leaches from water distribution system tanks and pipes lined with coal tar.<0.01 ppb
0.1 ppb
No
2000 ppb
Legal at any levelThis is the Federal Limit. State Limits may be lower.
NOTE: Each dot in the above graph represents one month.
* Water utilities are noted as exceeding the legal limit if any test is above the maximum contaminant level (MCL). Most MCLs are based on annual averages so exceeding the MCL for one test does not necessarily indicate that the system is out of compliance.

Health Based and Legal Limits for Anthracene

Health Based Limits for Anthracene

StandardDescriptionLevel
Health-Based Screening LevelA benchmark concentration of contaminants in water that may be of potential concern for human health, if exceeded. For noncarcinogens, the HBSL represents the contaminant concentration in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse effects over a lifetime of exposure. For carcinogens, the HBSL range represents the contaminant concentration in drinking water that corresponds to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 chance in 1 million to 1 chance in 10 thousand. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.2000 ppb
EPA Human Health Water Quality CriteriaWater quality criteria set by the US EPA provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect human health. These are non-enforceable standards based upon exposure by both drinking water and the contribution of water contamination to other consumed foods. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.8300 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.10000 ppb

Testing Results

Testing DateAverage
Result
Samples taken that dayNumber of Non-DetectsRange of Results
2007-11-060 ppb110 ppb
2007-08-080 ppb110 ppb
2007-08-070 ppb110 ppb
2007-08-020 ppb330 ppb
2007-07-260 ppb110 ppb
2007-07-250 ppb110 ppb
2007-07-190 ppb110 ppb
2007-07-050 ppb110 ppb
2007-06-130 ppb110 ppb
2007-06-110 ppb110 ppb
2007-05-230 ppb660 ppb
2007-04-250 ppb440 ppb
2007-04-050 ppb110 ppb
2007-03-200 ppb330 ppb
2007-02-220 ppb330 ppb
2007-02-210 ppb550 ppb
2007-01-090 ppb110 ppb
2007-01-040 ppb110 ppb
2007-01-030 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-300 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-260 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-250 ppb660 ppb
2006-01-240 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-230 ppb220 ppb
2006-01-220 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-210 ppb220 ppb
2006-01-180 ppb330 ppb
2006-01-140 ppb220 ppb
2006-01-130 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-120 ppb10100 ppb
2006-01-110 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-080 ppb220 ppb
2006-01-070 ppb330 ppb
2006-01-060 ppb110 ppb
2006-01-050 ppb770 ppb
2006-01-010 ppb110 ppb
2005-01-280 ppb330 ppb
2005-01-270 ppb220 ppb
2005-01-250 ppb660 ppb
2005-01-230.1 ppb320 to 0.3 ppb
2005-01-170 ppb440 ppb
2005-01-160 ppb220 ppb
2005-01-150 ppb10100 ppb
2005-01-140 ppb110 ppb
2005-01-130 ppb110 ppb
2005-01-120 ppb110 ppb
2005-01-030 ppb110 ppb
2004-12-090 ppb110 ppb
2004-07-150 ppb110 ppb
2004-06-150 ppb220 ppb
2004-05-200 ppb220 ppb
2004-04-290 ppb110 ppb
2004-04-270 ppb110 ppb
2004-04-150 ppb110 ppb
2004-03-300 ppb110 ppb
2004-03-240 ppb220 ppb
2004-03-180 ppb220 ppb
2004-02-250 ppb220 ppb
2004-02-190 ppb110 ppb
2004-02-030 ppb110 ppb
2004-01-300 ppb110 ppb
2004-01-290 ppb110 ppb
2004-01-280 ppb440 ppb
2004-01-270 ppb110 ppb
2004-01-250 ppb220 ppb
2004-01-240 ppb220 ppb
2004-01-200 ppb660 ppb
2004-01-190 ppb220 ppb
2004-01-180 ppb220 ppb
2004-01-150 ppb440 ppb
2004-01-090 ppb330 ppb
2004-01-050 ppb110 ppb
2004-01-030 ppb550 ppb