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Asbestos

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Asbestos is a mineral fiber introduced into water by the dissolution of asbestos-containing minerals and from decay of asbestos cement in water mains. Asbestos causes cancer when ingested or inhaled.

2015:

FOUND

9

states detected

23

utilities detected

501,000

people served

Health concerns for asbestos

Cancer

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 7 MFL

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

MFL = million fibers per liter.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)7.00 MFL

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

MFL = million fibers per liter.

States reporting asbestos in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
New Jersey3434,645
Massachusetts224,979
Utah410,956
Wyoming210,259
New York15,856
Texas15,202
Washington33,980
California52,548
Kansas22,478
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Utilities with the highest amounts of asbestos, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of DevineDevine, TX13 of 203.20 MFL5,202
Aberdeen Cliffwood/Cliffwood Beach*Aberdeen Township, NJ1 of 10.93 MFL6,775
Hilton VillageHilton, NY1 of 10.73 MFL5,856
Fcwwd #41/shaver Lake*Fresno, CA12 of 250.72 MFL2,170
Ashland Water and Sewer Department*Ashland, MA2 of 30.65 MFL16,593
Summit Water Distribution Company*Midway, UT2 of 20.59 MFL5,400
Everson, City Of*Everson, WA1 of 10.57 MFL2,500
Post Ranch Inn WsBig Sur, CA1 of 10.30 MFL150
Green Acres Mutual WaterMorgan Hill, CA5 of 140.26 MFL53
Cedar Hills Water AssociationGillette, WY1 of 10.20 MFL258
City of RivertonRiverton, WY1 of 30.07 MFL10,001
Jefferson County Rural Water District 1*Meriden, KS1 of 150.05 MFL2,250

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Ashland Water and Sewer Department*Ashland, MA2 of 30.65 MFL16,593
City of RivertonRiverton, WY1 of 30.07 MFL10,001

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