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Paraquat

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Paraquat is a highly toxic herbicide.

2015:

FOUND

1

states detected

21

utilities detected

1.1 million

people served

Health concerns for paraquat

Harm to the central nervous system

Harm to the lungs

Harm to the kidney

States reporting paraquat in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas211,054,651
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Utilities with the highest amounts of paraquat, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Austin Water & Wastewater*Austin, TX1 of 31.50 ppb907,299
Windermere Community*Pflugerville, TX1 of 50.400 ppb18,777

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Austin Water & Wastewater*Austin, TX1 of 31.50 ppb907,299
Windermere Community*Pflugerville, TX1 of 50.400 ppb18,777

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