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Fort Jackson Mobile Estates - Lubbock, TX


Serves 70 people - Test data available: 2004-2007

This drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality . 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.

 
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.
7 chemicals
4
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.
1 chemicals
0.5
Pollutants FoundThe total number of contaminants detected since 2004, according to data provided by the state water agency.
13 chemicals
8
Tests ConductedThe total number of number of water quality tests conducted by water utilities and recorded in data provided by the state water agency.
751 tests
420

Contaminants Exceeding Health Guidelines

ContaminantAverage/
Maximum
Result
Health Limit
Exceeded
Legal Limit
Exceeded

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
NitrateNitrate enters drinking water sources from fertilizer runoff, leaching septic tanks, and erosion of natural deposits; it is also emitted by chemical, petrochemical and metal-finishing industries.11.09 ppm
11.9 ppm
Yes
10 ppm
Yes
10 ppm
BromoformBromoform is a disinfection byproduct from the trihalomethane (THM) family, and is formed when chlorine, chloramines or other disinfectants react with organic and inorganic matter in water.2.5 ppb
6.1 ppb
Yes
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
No
80 ppb
Arsenic (total)Arsenic contaminates drinking water due to mining runoff, erosion of natural deposits, emissions from glass and electronics processing and the use of arsenical compounds as wood preservatives and pesticides.8.35 ppb
8.63 ppb
Yes
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
No
10 ppb
Radium-228Radium-228 is a radioactive element usually found around uranium deposits.0.33 pCi/L
1.3 pCi/L
Yes
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 pCi/L
No
5 pCi/L
Dichloroacetic acidDichloroacetic acid is a disinfection byproduct regulated by EPA as one of five haloacetic acids that are formed when chlorine, chloramines or other disinfectants react with organic and inorganic matter in water.6.03 ppb
12.1 ppb
Yes
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
No
60 ppb
Radium-226Radium-226 is a radioactive element usually found around uranium deposits.0.08 pCi/L
0.54 pCi/L
Yes
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 pCi/L
No
5 pCi/L
TetrachloroethyleneTetrachloroethylene (perc) is a common soil and groundwater contaminant used in dry cleaning and as a solvent in automotive and metalworking factories and other industries.0.04 ppb
0.25 ppb
Yes
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
No
5 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.

Other Detected Contaminants

ContaminantAverage/
Maximum
Result
Health Limit
Exceeded
Legal Limit
Exceeded

Testing History

-Tested      -Detected      -Over Health Guidelines      -Over Legal Limit*
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)Total trihalomethanes constitute the sum of four disinfection byproducts: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform.2.58 ppb
6.5 ppb
No
9.8 ppb
No
80 ppb
Uranium-234 (pCi/L)64.68 pCi/L
67.7 pCi/L
NoLegal at any levelThis is the Federal Limit. State Limits may be lower.
Uranium-238 (pCi/L)2.26 pCi/L
2.4 pCi/L
NoLegal at any levelThis is the Federal Limit. State Limits may be lower.
Monochloroacetic acidMonochloroacetic acid is a disinfection byproduct regulated by EPA as one of five haloacetic acids that are formed when chlorine, chloramines or other disinfectants react with organic and inorganic matter in water.3.02 ppb
12.1 ppb
No
70 ppb
No
60 ppb
Prometon Prometon is an herbicide used to control annual and perennial weeds and grasses.0.55 ppb
0.55 ppb
No
100 ppb
Legal at any levelThis is the Federal Limit. State Limits may be lower.
Alpha, DissolvedAlpha particles are a form of radiation associated with mining waste pollutants and natural sources.116.5 pCi/L
116.5 pCi/L
NoLegal 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.

Contaminants Not Detected - 130 chemicals

1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,1-Trichloroethane, 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, 1,1-Dichloropropene, 1,2 Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP), 1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene, 1,2,3-Trichloropropane, 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene, 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene, 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,2-Dichloropropane, 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene, 1,3-Dichloropropane, 2,2,3,3,4,4,6-heptachlorobiphenyl, 2,2,3,4,6-pentachlorobiphenyl, 2,2,4,4,5,6-hexachlorobiphenyl, 2,2,4,4-tetrachlorobiphenyl, 2,2-Dichloropropane, 2,3,3,4,5,6,6-octachlorobiphenyl, 2-Hexanone, Acenaphthene, Acenaphthylene, Acetone, Acrylonitrile, Alachlor (Lasso), Aldrin, Alpha Chlordane, Anthracene, Aroclor 1016, Aroclor 1221, Aroclor 1232, Aroclor 1242, Aroclor 1248, Aroclor 1254, Aroclor 1260, Atrazine, Benzene, Benzo[a]anthracene, Benzo[a]pyrene, Benzo[b]fluoranthene, Benzo[g,h,i]perylene, Benzo[k]fluoranthene, bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Bromacil, Bromobenzene, Bromochloroacetic acid, Bromochloromethane, Bromodichloromethane, Bromomethane, Butachlor, Butyl Benzylphthalate, Carbon tetrachloride, Chloroethane, Chloroform, Chloromethane, Chrysene, cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, cis-1,3-Dichloropropene, Cyanide, Di(2-Ethylhexyl) adipate, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Di-n-butylphthalate, Dibenz[a,h]anthracene, Dibromoacetic acid, Dibromochloromethane, Dibromomethane, Dichlorodifluoromethane, Dichloromethane (methylene chloride), Dieldrin, Diethylphthalate, Dimethylphthalate, Endrin, Ethyl Methacrylate, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene dibromide (EDB), Fluorene, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Hexachlorobenzene (HCB), Hexachlorobutadiene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, Iodomethane, Isopropylbenzene, Lindane, m- & p- Xylene, m-Dichlorobenzene, Methoxychlor, Methyl ethyl ketone, Methyl isobutyl ketone, Methyl methacrylate, Methyl Parathion, Metolachlor, Metribuzin, Monobromoacetic acid, Monochlorobenzene (Chlorobenzene), Mtbe, n-Butylbenzene, n-Propylbenzene, Naphthalene, o-Chlorotoluene, o-Dichlorobenzene, o-Xylene, p-Chlorotoluene, p-Dichlorobenzene, p-Isopropyltoluene, Parathion (ethyl), Pentachlorophenol, Phenanthrene, Propachlor, Pyrene, sec-Butylbenzene, Simazine, Styrene, tert-Butylbenzene, Tetrahydrofuran, Toluene, trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, trans-1,3-Dichloropropene, Trans-Nonachlor, Trichloroacetic acid, Trichloroethylene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Trifluralin, Vinyl acetate, Vinyl chloride, Xylenes (total)

Pollution Summary

13Total Contaminants Detected (2004 - 2007)

Arsenic (total), Nitrate, Prometon , Monochloroacetic acid, Dichloroacetic acid, Bromoform, Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), Tetrachloroethylene, Radium-226, Radium-228, Alpha, Dissolved, Uranium-234 (pCi/L)

3Agricultural Pollutants
(pesticides, fertilizer, factory farms)

Arsenic (total), Nitrate, Prometon

3Sprawl and Urban Pollutants
(road runoff, lawn pesticides, human waste)

Arsenic (total), Nitrate, Tetrachloroethylene

6Industrial Pollutants

Arsenic (total), Nitrate, Tetrachloroethylene, Radium-226, Radium-228, Alpha, Dissolved

4Water Treatment and Distribution Byproducts
(pipes and fixtures, treatment chemicals and byproducts)

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), Dichloroacetic acid, Bromoform, Monochloroacetic acid

5Naturally Occurring
(naturally present but increased for lands denuded by sprawl, agriculture, or industrial development)

Nitrate, Arsenic (total), Radium-228, Radium-226, Alpha, Dissolved

4Unregulated Contaminants
EPA has not established a maximum legal limit in tapwater for these contaminants

Prometon , Alpha, Dissolved, Uranium-234 (pCi/L), Uranium-238 (pCi/L)

EPA Violation Summary

Violation CategoryNumber of Violations
MCL and Treatment
(click see violations)
18
Reporting
(click see violations)
2

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.