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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.

2015-2017:

FOUND

12

states detected

34

utilities detected

241,000

people served

Health concerns for asbestos

Cancer

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 7 MFL

The legal limit for asbestos, established in 1991, was based on toxicity studies in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

MFL = million fibers per liter

States reporting asbestos in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
California9105,357
Florida245,317
Massachusetts225,573
New Jersey117,628
Texas211,669
Utah410,956
Wyoming310,389
New York36,223
Washington32,765
Oregon12,620
Kansas22,478
Nevada2477
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Filtering technologies that reduce asbestos

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of asbestos, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
North Ridge Water CorpSnohomish, WA1 of 29.00 MFL135
Carmel Water District 7Mahopac, NY1 of 16.40 MFL300
Ashford Highlands Mutual Water CompanyHollister, CA3 of 66.15 MFL85
City of DevineDevine, TX48 of 593.58 MFL4,350
Green Acres Mutual WaterMorgan Hill, CA20 of 501.38 MFL53
Fairview Road Water SystemHollister, CA1 of 81.38 MFL40
Hide-a-way Mobile Village and Rv ParkCheyenne, WY1 of 10.94 MFL130
Fcwwd #41/shaver Lake*Fresno, CA43 of 800.93 MFL2,170
Lander County Sewer and Water District 2 AustinAustin, NV1 of 10.73 MFL350
Hilton VillageHilton, NY1 of 10.73 MFL5,856
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
Everson Water Assoc*Everson, WA1 of 10.57 MFL130
Maple View Manor Mobile Home ParkFayetteville, NY1 of 10.44 MFL67
Mountain Of Attention WaterLower Lake, CA1 of 10.40 MFL90
Post Ranch Inn WsBig Sur, CA1 of 10.30 MFL150
Jefferson County Rural Water District 1*Meriden, KS6 of 270.22 MFL2,250
Jefferson County Rural Water District 15Grantville, KS6 of 270.22 MFL228
Cedar Hills Water AssociationGillette, WY1 of 10.20 MFL258
City of AuburndaleAuburndale, FL1 of 10.20 MFL30,761
Groveland Community Serv DistrictGroveland, CA1 of 60.18 MFL3,400
Jean Utility Services Inc.Las Vegas, NV1 of 10.17 MFL127
Jefferson, City ofJefferson, OR1 of 10.12 MFL2,620
Harbin Hot SpringsMiddletown, CA1 of 30.07 MFL170
City of RivertonRiverton, WY1 of 30.07 MFL10,001
Island Water AssociationSanibel Island, FL1 of 30.06 MFL14,556
Central Water Control and Improvement District of Angelina CountyPollok, TX1 of 100.04 MFL7,319
Great Oaks Water Company Inc.San Jose, CA1 of 160.01 MFL99,199
Sparta Twp Water Utility - Lake MohawkSparta, NJ1 of 130.00 MFL17,628

* 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.

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UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Ashland Water and Sewer Department*Ashland, MA2 of 30.65 MFL16,593
City of AuburndaleAuburndale, FL1 of 10.20 MFL30,761
City of RivertonRiverton, WY1 of 30.07 MFL10,001
Island Water AssociationSanibel Island, FL1 of 30.06 MFL14,556
Great Oaks Water Company Inc.San Jose, CA1 of 160.01 MFL99,199
Sparta Twp Water Utility - Lake MohawkSparta, NJ1 of 130.00 MFL17,628

* 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.