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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Aluminum

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Aluminum is a metal released from metal refineries and mining operations. Too much aluminum exposure can impair children's brain development.

2015-2017:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

33

states detected

5,094

utilities detected

91 million

people served

14

states over health guideline

72

utilities over health guideline

611,000

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for aluminum

Harm to the brain and nervous system

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 600 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 600 ppb for aluminum was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against harm to the brain and nervous system.

ppb = parts per billion

States reporting aluminum in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas11168,5671,59019,235,422
California138,47359118,121,598
Florida0029610,613,446
New Jersey232,0003297,046,259
Virginia002374,004,884
Massachusetts001453,643,291
Kentucky1126,6202373,517,159
Louisiana18310,5122813,330,877
Georgia23,1651503,076,469
Alabama18,1841422,894,483
New York154212,702,314
Missouri28,4132242,450,369
Wisconsin001642,326,098
Kansas43,3103941,978,327
Nevada00611,539,498
Tennessee0021677,202
District Of Columbia003648,882
Washington0039608,311
Utah0022568,505
Arkansas48,87581492,815
Delaware004313,935
Pennsylvania0011308,196
Alaska006246,204
New Hampshire0019196,763
Connecticut00478,379
New Mexico127,000568,533
Maryland00213,818
West Virginia00313,191
Illinois15,614212,364
Rhode Island0039,098
Oklahoma0033,436
North Carolina0011,900
North Dakota0011,878
Colorado15252566
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Utilities with the highest amounts of aluminum, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Oil City Water WorksOil City, LA2 of 22,600.0 ppb2,199
City of Beaumont Water Utility Department*Beaumont, TX5 of 51,514.6 ppb118,129
Northwest Forest Municipal Utility DistrictBeaumont, TX5 of 51,514.6 ppb610
Federal Correctional Complex-beaumontBeaumont, TX5 of 51,514.6 ppb5,748
Cardinal Meadows Improvement DistrictBeaumont, TX5 of 51,514.6 ppb164
Fourth Street Water SystemLake Isabella, CA2 of 21,475.0 ppb56
City of Hemphill*Hemphill, TX3 of 31,380.0 ppb1,240
Glacier ClubDurango, CO2 of 21,210.0 ppb525
Vivian Water SystemVivian, LA2 of 21,200.0 ppb4,500
Piedmont Utilities BoardPiedmont, AL2 of 31,132.3 ppb8,184
Armona Community Services DistrictArmona, CA44 of 461,112.5 ppb4,143
WoodburyWoodbury, GA1 of 31,100.0 ppb961
Tbcd Winnie StowellStowell, TX3 of 31,083.7 ppb7,251
Pixley Public Utility DistrictPixley, CA9 of 10955.0 ppb3,310
Aqua NJ - Eastern DivisionHamilton, NJ54 of 54946.2 ppb12,000
Lake Palo Pinto Area Water Supply CorporationGordon, TX3 of 3906.7 ppb1,932
PanaPana, IL5 of 5874.0 ppb5,614
Barnegat Twp Water SewerBarnegat, NJ16 of 16866.1 ppb20,000
Lake Wabaunsee Improvement DistrictEskridge, KS3 of 3853.7 ppb185
Wabaunsee County Rural Water District 1Maple Hill, KS3 of 3853.7 ppb365
Eskridge, City of*Eskridge, KS3 of 3853.7 ppb520
West Conesville Water DistrictGilboa, NY1 of 1844.0 ppb54
JeffersonvilleJeffersonville, GA1 of 1830.0 ppb2,204
The Commons Water Supply Inc.Spring, TX1 of 1827.0 ppb2,511
City of Big Spring*Big Spring, TX3 of 3812.7 ppb27,282
Howard County Water Control and Improvement District 1*Coahoma, TX3 of 3812.7 ppb0
North Monroe Et Al Water SystemWest Monroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb10,866
Town & Country ServiceMonroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb4,887
Lakeshore Swartz Water SystemWest Monroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb11,330
Monroe Water System*Monroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb52,572
Stonegate Manufactured Home CommunityShreveport, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb491
Glen Leaf Mobile Home CommunityShreveport, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb564
Dixie Garden Water SupplyKeithville, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb570
Pinecrest Mobile Home VillageShreveport, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb759
Dixie Garden - Kings Highway Water SystemKeithville, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb100
Huntington Mobile Home Park Water SystemLaguna Hills, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb291
Brady Mobile Home ParkBossier, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb240
Shreveport Water System*Shreveport, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb201,000
Wildwood South Water SystemKeithville, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb426
Barksdale Afb Water SystemBarksdale Afb, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb13,000
Pendleton Water AssociationMany, LA2 of 2750.0 ppb2,211
Marceline PWS*Marceline, MO3 of 3720.3 ppb2,500
Cdf - Pilot Rock Conservation CampCrestline, CA1 of 3700.0 ppb85
Carlsbad Municipal Water SystemCarlsbad, NM1 of 1680.0 ppb27,000
Copco Lake Mutual Water CompanyMontague, CA35 of 35671.1 ppb181
Alpine Water AssociationAmity, AR2 of 3670.0 ppb740
Amity Waterworks*Amity, AR2 of 3670.0 ppb740
Santa Teresa Meadows Water CompanyEast Garrison, CA3 of 4670.0 ppb68
Solano Irrigation District - Pleasant Hills RanchVacaville, CA1 of 1670.0 ppb73
Prairie Grove WaterworksPrairie Grove, AR3 of 3666.7 ppb5,419

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report Aluminum, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Beaumont Water Utility Department*Beaumont, TX5 of 51,514.6 ppb118,129
Aqua NJ - Eastern DivisionHamilton, NJ54 of 54946.2 ppb12,000
Barnegat Twp Water SewerBarnegat, NJ16 of 16866.1 ppb20,000
City of Big Spring*Big Spring, TX3 of 3812.7 ppb27,282
Lakeshore Swartz Water SystemWest Monroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb11,330
North Monroe Et Al Water SystemWest Monroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb10,866
Monroe Water System*Monroe, LA2 of 2780.0 ppb52,572
Shreveport Water System*Shreveport, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb201,000
Barksdale Afb Water SystemBarksdale Afb, LA2 of 2770.0 ppb13,000
Carlsbad Municipal Water SystemCarlsbad, NM1 of 1680.0 ppb27,000
Texarkana Water Utilities*Texarkana, AR13 of 13548.5 ppb32,097
Magnolia Waterworks*Magnolia, AR12 of 14510.7 ppb10,866
Monticello Water & Sewer Commission*Monticello, KY3 of 3486.7 ppb24,057
Tri-County Water Distbr District*Russelville, AR8 of 8463.8 ppb17,299
City of LemooreLemoore, CA9 of 9447.8 ppb24,945
Southern Madison Water District*Berea, KY2 of 3447.3 ppb14,707
Berea Municipal Utilities*Berea, KY2 of 3447.3 ppb12,031
Gordons Corner Water Company*Marlboro, NJ7 of 7406.6 ppb46,196
SBDNO County Service Area 64Victorville, CA2 of 6400.0 ppb12,514
James Fork Regional Water District*Greenwood, AR14 of 14382.9 ppb11,380
City of Mabank*Mabank, TX3 of 3373.3 ppb11,349
Hot Springs Utilities*Hot Springs, AR2 of 3370.0 ppb92,010
City of Longview*Longview, TX9 of 9351.1 ppb80,455
Ramsey Water DepartmentRamsey, NJ7 of 7346.7 ppb15,207
Fort Payne Water Works Board*Fort Payne, AL1 of 2346.0 ppb21,363
Texarkana Water Utilities*Texarkana, TX6 of 6343.3 ppb39,678
City of Brenham*Brenham, TX3 of 3342.2 ppb15,716
City of CorcoranCorcoran, CA2 of 3340.0 ppb24,813
Red Bank Water DepartmentRed Bank, NJ2 of 2330.0 ppb12,520
City of BrawleyBrawley, CA2 of 2325.0 ppb51,793
Orange Water DepartmentOrange, NJ1 of 1314.0 ppb30,134
Hawthorne Water Department*Hawthorne Boro, NJ3 of 4312.5 ppb21,006
Middleborough Water SupplyMiddleborough, MA26 of 32304.1 ppb16,257
South Brunswick Twp W*Rocky Hill, NJ10 of 10294.1 ppb45,450
Hamilton Water Works and Sewer Board*Hamilton, AL3 of 3279.7 ppb10,500
New York American Water - MerrickMerrick, NY2 of 3275.3 ppb177,000
Marion Waterworks*Marion, AR2 of 2265.0 ppb12,345
Nueces County WCID 3*Robstown, TX3 of 3260.7 ppb14,607
Riviera Beach Utility District*Riviera Beach, FL1 of 1260.0 ppb31,500
Cypress Springs SUD N Plant 1 and NE PlantMount Vernon, TX6 of 6258.3 ppb10,869
Scituate Water DivisionScituate, MA15 of 24240.4 ppb19,018
City of Atchison*Atchison, KS3 of 3237.3 ppb10,771
City of ImperialImperial, CA7 of 9231.1 ppb16,145
PerryPerry, GA2 of 2230.0 ppb14,267
Bedford County UD*Shelbyville, TN1 of 1222.0 ppb18,722
City of San Jose - EVG/EDV/COYSan Jose, CA4 of 9214.4 ppb93,300
Pikeville Water Department*Pikeville, KY3 of 3213.3 ppb12,700
City of Palestine*Palestine, TX3 of 3213.3 ppb27,477
Indian River County UtilitiesVero Beach, FL1 of 2205.0 ppb109,286
Manchester Twp Water Utility - Western*Manchester Twp, NJ3 of 4203.3 ppb15,163

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report Aluminum, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.