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Antimony

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Antimony is a naturally occurring metal that enters tap water from plumbing fittings and also from industrial uses, such as production of metal alloys, batteries and plastics. Antimony causes organ damage and shortens lifespans in studies of laboratory animals.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

30

states detected

838

utilities detected

12 million

people served

24

states over health guideline

137

utilities over health guideline

603,000

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for antimony

Harm to the liver

Change to the stomach and intestines

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 1 ppb

The health guideline of 1 ppb for antimony 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 change to the stomach and intestines.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 6 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)6 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

States reporting antimony in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas1753237,391,691
Colorado42,658421,485,912
California73,261311,259,187
Nevada5329,4739356,348
Wisconsin0016343,470
Utah820,26010339,116
Florida6367,814224223,394
Virginia110021188,592
Oklahoma1332,43819137,690
New York45,33027132,940
Indiana495,08014125,681
West Virginia001675,917
Pennsylvania41,1823757,121
Missouri18,319235,436
Massachusetts329,837429,872
Arizona00328,588
North Carolina1241215,906
Kentucky13,24913,249
Washington14052,506
Maine3215122,329
New Mexico0011,500
Kansas31,25541,408
Illinois21,06821,068
Montana1212911
New Hampshire36394737
Connecticut22773425
Georgia13101310
Maryland001250
Wyoming001150
Ohio170170
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Utilities with the highest amounts of antimony, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Quail Valley Water Dist-westside SystemTehachapi, CA4 of 411.3 ppb139
Hanson Water DepartmentHanson, MA2 of 29.00 ppb10,206
Wentworth Mobile Home ParkBangor, ME4 of 58.32 ppb80
Sweetwater Community Inc.Haines City, FL1 of 26.60 ppb640
Beaverhead Jackson Water and Sewer DistrictJackson, MT1 of 16.00 ppb21
Muirfield ClusterStratham, NH2 of 35.80 ppb69
Cedar Grove Mobile Home ParkAllentown, PA1 of 14.30 ppb65
Stockton Town Water SystemStockton, UT15 of 164.29 ppb616
Jordanelle Special Service District*Heber City, UT5 of 54.28 ppb1,782
Alta Town Water SystemSandy, UT11 of 114.03 ppb1,397
Berks Leisure LivingLeesport, PA1 of 14.00 ppb27
Lewisport Municipal Water WorksLewisport, KY1 of 14.00 ppb3,249
Onset Fire DistrictOnset, MA1 of 14.00 ppb11,099
Diamond Woods Estates Mobile Home ParkPort Jefferson, NY1 of 13.70 ppb150
Strawberry Fields Mobile Home ParkPlant City, FL1 of 13.60 ppb250
Bernville BoroughBernville, PA1 of 13.50 ppb1,010
U.S. Marine Corps - Housing ColevilleBridgeport, CA1 of 13.50 ppb325
Park City Water SystemPark City, UT19 of 233.47 ppb8,500
Cws - LakelandSan Jose, CA13 of 193.46 ppb686
Mill CreekMill Creek, OK1 of 13.30 ppb442
Bonfire Mobile Home ParkLeesburg, FL1 of 13.20 ppb270
Gold Coast UtilityNalcrest, FL1 of 13.10 ppb2,500
Oak Springs Mobile Home ParkSorrento, FL1 of 13.10 ppb993
Glen Garry CondosExeter, NH1 of 13.10 ppb298
Nps Callville BayBoulder City, NV1 of 13.00 ppb250
Plainville Water DepartmentPlainville, MA1 of 13.00 ppb8,532
North Bay Water SystemNiceville, FL1 of 13.00 ppb3,255
Florida Institute for Neurologic RehabilitationWauchula, FL1 of 13.00 ppb300
Nps Echo BayBoulder City, NV1 of 13.00 ppb51
Dayspring VillageHilliard, FL1 of 13.00 ppb116

* 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 Antimony, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

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UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Hanson Water DepartmentHanson, MA2 of 29.00 ppb10,206
Onset Fire DistrictOnset, MA1 of 14.00 ppb11,099
United Water NJ*Haworth, NJ of 0ND0
Carmel Water DepartmentIndianapolis, IN1 of 12.30 ppb80,800
Connersville Utilities*Connersville, IN2 of 21.85 ppb13,480
Truckee Meadows Water Authority*Reno, NV7 of 211.30 ppb311,932
Ada*Ada, OK1 of 11.26 ppb22,600
Dunedin Water SystemDunedin, FL1 of 11.10 ppb40,093
Okeechobee Utility AuthorityOkeechobee, FL1 of 11.000 ppb20,000
Fernley Public WorksFernley, NV1 of 11.000 ppb18,000
Tarpon Springs Water System*Tarpon Springs, FL1 of 11.000 ppb30,415
Borden Tri-County Region*Borden, IN1 of 10.900 ppb10,382
City of Odessa*Odessa, TX1 of 10.630 ppb113,102
Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority*Brick Twp, NJ of 0ND0
Western Virginia Water Authority*Roanoke, VA5 of 90.540 ppb155,000
West Kern Water DistrictTaft, CA1 of 60.500 ppb21,181
Hicksville WDHicksville, NY2 of 40.495 ppb47,810
Sayreville W Department*Sayreville, NJ of 0ND0
City of MidlandMidland, TX1 of 10.440 ppb119,385
City of Big Spring*Big Spring, TX1 of 10.440 ppb27,282
Missouri American Jefferson City District*Jefferson City, MO1 of 10.400 ppb27,117
St. Johns County Utilities-Ponte VedraPonte Vedra Beach, FL1 of 10.400 ppb13,220
Brookwood Comm. Water System*Fayetteville, NC2 of 200.397 ppb15,665
Endicott Municipal Water WorksEndicott, NY1 of 30.363 ppb45,000
St Albans WaterSt. Albans, WV1 of 10.300 ppb13,265
South Putnam PSD*Scott Depot, WV of 0ND0
Geneva City*Geneva, NY1 of 10.300 ppb14,284
City of Ennis*Ennis, TX1 of 10.260 ppb19,331
Elizabethtown Area WaterElizabethtown, PA1 of 20.250 ppb18,900
City of Mansfield*Mansfield, TX1 of 10.230 ppb59,230

* 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 Antimony, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

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