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Beryllium

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Beryllium is a toxic metal that is both naturally occurring and released into the environment from industrial pollution and incineration. Beryllium can damage lungs, bones and the digestive system.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

22

states detected

190

utilities detected

1.6 million

people served

11

states over health guideline

25

utilities over health guideline

68,213

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for beryllium

Harm to the stomach and intestines

Harm to the lungs

Harm to bones

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 1 ppb

The health guideline of 1 ppb for beryllium 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 stomach and intestines.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 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)4 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 beryllium in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
California21,24022978,260
New York135,0007274,379
Virginia15314158,351
Connecticut001748,698
Florida006547,791
New Jersey002243,309
Pennsylvania83,9461026,021
Utah225,750225,750
Colorado00411,743
Oklahoma0013,746
Indiana281752,709
Washington0012,290
Texas16921,743
New Hampshire578761,537
South Carolina001983
Wisconsin004693
Maine14251425
Rhode Island002370
Mississippi001220
North Carolina181181
New Mexico145145
Delaware00142
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Utilities with the highest amounts of beryllium, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Meadow View Trailer CourtPelham, NC4 of 44.83 ppb81
Hill Air Force BaseLayton, UT1 of 14.00 ppb25,000
Bartlett PlaceIntervale, NH4 of 43.88 ppb72
Bluebonnet Cove Mobile Home ParkAustin, TX1 of 13.70 ppb69
Dudley Carbon Coalmont Jm AuthorityDudley, PA1 of 13.59 ppb403
Forest Park VillageNorth Conway, NH4 of 43.53 ppb45
Culvers Hill - North WebsterNappanee, IN5 of 53.36 ppb75
Orbisonia Rockhill Jt Municipal AuthorityOrbisonia, PA1 of 13.03 ppb1,200
Lyons Water UtilityLyons, IN1 of 13.00 ppb742
Michaux Manor Living CenterFayetteville, PA2 of 22.75 ppb73
Buckfield Village CorporationBuckfield, ME1 of 12.10 ppb425
Ancones MdwwcaLa Madera, NM1 of 12.00 ppb45
Mid Valley EstatesCedar City, UT1 of 12.00 ppb750
Bittners Mobile Home ParkTrout Run, PA1 of 11.87 ppb100
Sunnybrook SubdivisionRockville, VA1 of 11.80 ppb53
Goodrich PropertyGlen, NH4 of 41.75 ppb175
California Water Service Co-lake HughesSan Jose, CA1 of 21.75 ppb673
Hales LocationIntervale, NH3 of 41.70 ppb385
Grier SchTyrone, PA3 of 31.54 ppb450
North LedgeGlen, NH3 of 41.50 ppb110
Long Beach CityLong Beach, NY70 of 851.42 ppb35,000
Broadtop City Water AuthorityBroad Top City, PA1 of 11.24 ppb350
Long Barn Property OwnersLong Barn, CA2 of 31.13 ppb567
Country Estates Mobile Home ParkKennerdell, PA1 of 11.10 ppb90
Selinsgrove CenterSelinsgrove, PA1 of 21.07 ppb1,280
Cedar Creek Mobile Home ParkHebron, IN1 of 11.000 ppb150
SpencerSpencer, OK1 of 41.000 ppb3,746
Lido-point Lookout Water DistrictEast Meadow, NY69 of 810.904 ppb6,000
Hillside VillageColmar, NJ1 of 10.830 ppb75
River Run CondosBartlett, NH3 of 40.750 ppb750
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UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Hill Air Force BaseLayton, UT1 of 14.00 ppb25,000
Long Beach CityLong Beach, NY70 of 851.42 ppb35,000
Okeechobee Utility AuthorityOkeechobee, FL1 of 10.500 ppb20,000
Pawc Pocono DistrictTobyhanna, PA1 of 90.1000 ppb19,875
Wallingford Water DepartmentWallingford, CT2 of 30.0667 ppb37,267
Fair Lawn Water DepartmentFair Lawn Boro, NJ2 of 70.0216 ppb31,000
New York American Water - LynbrookMerrick, NY1 of 330.0152 ppb230,300
Western Virginia Water Authority*Roanoke, VA4 of 90.00778 ppb155,000
California Water Service - StocktonSan Jose, CA19 of 370.00297 ppb185,346
Cal-water Service Company - MarysvilleChico, CA12 of 330.00255 ppb12,017
California Water Service - South San FranciscoSan Jose, CA7 of 210.00195 ppb56,110
California Water Service Company - East Los AngelesSan Jose, CA3 of 90.00144 ppb150,446
California Water Service (CWS) - SalinasSan Jose, CA3 of 120.00142 ppb106,858
City of BakersfieldBakersfield, CA14 of 570.00102 ppb138,309
California Water Service - LivermoreLivermore, CA1 of 40.001000 ppb56,700
California Water Service (CWS) - Bakersfield*San Jose, CA6 of 390.000769 ppb246,371

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