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National Drinking Water Database

Town of Cumberland Utilities - Providence, RI

Serves 21,900 people


Benzo[a]anthracene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators.
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
19 days
Tests ConductedNumber of individual tests done for this contaminant
33 tests

Testing Summary

Health Limit
Legal Limit

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
Benzo[a]anthraceneBenzo[a]anthracene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators.0 ppb
0 ppb
<0.01 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 Benzo[a]anthracene

Health Based Limits for Benzo[a]anthracene

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.<0.01 ppb

Testing Results

Testing DateAverage
Samples taken that dayNumber of Non-DetectsRange of Results
2009-04-140 ppb110 ppb
2008-10-140 ppb220 ppb
2008-07-280 ppb330 ppb
2008-04-070 ppb330 ppb
2008-03-030 ppb220 ppb
2007-10-010 ppb110 ppb
2007-08-060 ppb110 ppb
2007-04-020 ppb110 ppb
2007-03-120 ppb220 ppb
2006-11-060 ppb110 ppb
2006-07-240 ppb110 ppb
2006-04-180 ppb110 ppb
2006-03-270 ppb220 ppb
2005-10-030 ppb330 ppb
2005-08-090 ppb220 ppb
2005-06-280 ppb110 ppb
2005-04-250 ppb440 ppb
2005-03-290 ppb110 ppb
2004-03-030 ppb110 ppb