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National Drinking Water Database

Long Island American Water Corp Utilities - Great Neck, NY

Serves 230,300 people


MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) is a fuel additive that had been used as an octane enhancer in unleaded gasoline; it contaminates groundwater due to spillage or leakage at gas stations, and has been banned or scheduled for phaseout in most states.
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
91 days
Tests ConductedNumber of individual tests done for this contaminant
318 tests

Testing Summary

Health Limit
Legal Limit

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
MTBEMTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) is a fuel additive that had been used as an octane enhancer in unleaded gasoline; it contaminates groundwater due to spillage or leakage at gas stations, and has been banned or scheduled for phaseout in most states.0 ppb
0 ppb
13 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 MTBE

Health Based Limits for MTBE

California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.13 ppb

Testing Results

Testing DateAverage
Samples taken that dayNumber of Non-DetectsRange of Results
2008-12-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-12-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-12-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-12-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-11-010 ppb440 ppb
2008-10-010 ppb550 ppb
2008-10-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-10-010 ppb880 ppb
2008-09-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-09-010 ppb440 ppb
2008-08-010 ppb440 ppb
2008-08-010 ppb10100 ppb
2008-08-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-07-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-07-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-07-010 ppb330 ppb
2008-06-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-06-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-06-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-06-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-05-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-05-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-05-010 ppb330 ppb
2008-05-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-04-010 ppb440 ppb
2008-04-010 ppb11110 ppb
2008-04-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-04-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-04-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-03-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-03-010 ppb110 ppb
2008-03-010 ppb440 ppb
2008-02-010 ppb660 ppb
2008-02-010 ppb220 ppb
2008-01-010 ppb550 ppb
2008-01-010 ppb880 ppb
2007-12-010 ppb330 ppb
2007-12-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-12-010 ppb330 ppb
2007-11-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-11-010 ppb330 ppb
2007-10-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-10-010 ppb330 ppb
2007-09-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-09-010 ppb220 ppb
2007-08-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-08-010 ppb220 ppb
2007-07-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-07-010 ppb770 ppb
2007-07-010 ppb990 ppb
2007-06-010 ppb14140 ppb
2007-06-010 ppb11110 ppb
2007-06-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-06-010 ppb440 ppb
2007-06-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-05-010 ppb220 ppb
2007-04-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-03-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-03-010 ppb440 ppb
2007-03-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-01-010 ppb330 ppb
2006-12-010 ppb220 ppb
2006-12-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-12-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-11-010 ppb220 ppb
2006-11-010 ppb330 ppb
2006-11-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-11-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-10-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-10-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-10-010 ppb440 ppb
2006-09-010 ppb440 ppb
2006-08-010 ppb550 ppb
2006-08-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-08-010 ppb330 ppb
2006-07-010 ppb990 ppb
2006-07-010 ppb330 ppb
2006-07-010 ppb440 ppb
2006-07-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-06-010 ppb990 ppb
2006-06-010 ppb880 ppb
2006-06-010 ppb880 ppb
2006-05-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-05-010 ppb440 ppb
2006-05-010 ppb330 ppb
2006-04-010 ppb220 ppb
2006-03-010 ppb220 ppb
2006-03-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-03-010 ppb880 ppb
2006-03-010 ppb110 ppb
2006-02-010 ppb440 ppb