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Drinking Water Quality Report

West Union Community of - Smithburg, WV

Serves 1,448 people - Test data available: 2004-2005

This drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) by the West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources. 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 West Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources 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.
0 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.
0 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.

Contaminants Not Detected - 71 chemicals

1,1,1-Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, 1,2 Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP), 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene, 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,2-Dichloropropane, 2,4,5-TP (Silvex), 2,4-d, Alachlor (Lasso), Aldicarb, Aldicarb sulfone, Aldicarb sulfoxide, Antimony (total), Aroclor 1016, Aroclor 1221, Aroclor 1232, Aroclor 1242, Aroclor 1248, Aroclor 1254, Aroclor 1260, Arsenic (total), Atrazine, Barium (total), Benzene, Benzo[a]pyrene, Beryllium (total), Cadmium (total), Carbofuran, Carbon tetrachloride, Chlordane, Chromium (total), cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Cyanide, Dalapon, Di(2-Ethylhexyl) adipate, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Dibromoacetic acid, Dichloromethane (methylene chloride), Dinoseb, Endrin, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene dibromide (EDB), Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Hexachlorobenzene (HCB), Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Lindane, Mercury (total inorganic), Methoxychlor, Monobromoacetic acid, Monochloroacetic acid, Monochlorobenzene (Chlorobenzene), Nitrate, o-Dichlorobenzene, Oxamyl (Vydate), p-Dichlorobenzene, Pentachlorophenol, Picloram, Selenium (total), Simazine, Styrene, Tetrachloroethylene, Thallium (total), Toluene, Total polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Toxaphene, trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Trichloroethylene, Vinyl chloride, Xylenes (total)

Pollution Summary

0Total Contaminants Detected (2004 - 2005)

0Agricultural Pollutants
(pesticides, fertilizer, factory farms)

0Sprawl and Urban Pollutants
(road runoff, lawn pesticides, human waste)

0Industrial Pollutants

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

0Naturally Occurring
(naturally present but increased for lands denuded by sprawl, agriculture, or industrial development)

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.