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National Drinking Water Database

Pendleton Co Water District #1/South - Falmouth, KY

Serves 4,125 people - Test data available: 2006

This drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. It is part of EWG's national database that includes 47,667 drinking water utilities and 20 million test results. Water utilities nationwide detected more than 300 pollutants between 2004 and 2009. More than half of these chemicals are unregulated, legal in any amount. Despite this widespread contamination, the federal government invests few resources to protecting rivers, reservoirs, and groundwater from pollution in the first place. The information below summarizes test results for this utility and lists potential health concerns.

The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection did not respond to requests for more recent test data. Contact your water utility for the latest water quality report.

This Drinking Water System
National Average
Exceed Health GuidelinesTests showing chemicals at concentrations above health guidelines established by federal and state health agencies. These guidelines are typically set at a levels that pose no significant health risk.
2 chemicals
Health Standard ExceedencesChemicals detected at concentrations above the legal limit, the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCLs) established by the U.S. EPA. 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.
0 chemicals
Pollutants FoundThe total number of contaminants detected since 2004, according to data provided by the state water agency.
2 chemicals
Tests ConductedThe total number of number of water quality tests conducted by water utilities and recorded in data provided by the state water agency.
39 tests

Contaminants Exceeding Health Guidelines

Health Limit
Legal Limit

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
Lead (total)Lead is a metal that enters water by corrosion of household plumbing systems, discharge of industrial pollution and erosion of natural deposits.8.07 ppb
40 ppb
MCLGA non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.: 0 ppb
CopperCopper is a naturally occuring metal and drinking water contaminant that enters tap water by corrosion of household plumbing systems and erosion of natural deposits.278.02 ppb
538.33 ppb
300 ppb
1000 ppb
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.

Pollution Summary

2Total Contaminants Detected (2006 - 2006)

Copper, Lead (total)

0Agricultural Pollutants
(pesticides, fertilizer, factory farms)

2Sprawl and Urban Pollutants
(road runoff, lawn pesticides, human waste)

Copper, Lead (total)

1Industrial Pollutants

Lead (total)

0Water Treatment and Distribution Byproducts
(pipes and fixtures, treatment chemicals and byproducts)

2Naturally Occurring
(naturally present but increased for lands denuded by sprawl, agriculture, or industrial development)

Copper, Lead (total)

1Unregulated Contaminants
EPA has not established a maximum legal limit in tapwater for these contaminants

Lead (total)

EPA Violation Summary

Violation CategoryNumber of Violations
(click see violations)

Information on violations is drawn directly from EPA's national violations database in the Agency's Safe Drinking Water Information System. Analyses by others have raised questions about the quality of the information in EPA's database. For the purposes of this investigation, EWG is not showing below or including in our analyses, those violations for individual water suppliers that occurred on days for which the total number of violations assigned by EPA to that water supplier was greater than 20. This criteria was based on common characteristics of incorrect violations data as identified by water utilities, from a review of EPA's violations data by several hundred utilities prior to the release of EWG's investigation.