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Bromomethane

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Bromomethane, or methyl bromide, is a pesticide fumigant that was banned because it depletes the ozone layer.

2012-2017:

FOUND

32

states detected

323

utilities detected

6.6 million

people served

Health concerns for bromomethane

Harm to the brain and nervous system

Harm to fetal growth and child development

Harm to the lungs

Skin and eye irritation

States reporting bromomethane in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
California231,785,532
Colorado391,505,040
Ohio101,329,390
New York49517,960
Massachusetts8246,733
Texas50231,240
Pennsylvania5147,033
Florida2129,000
Louisiana26123,303
Idaho198,300
New Jersey372,111
Mississippi669,712
Maryland760,582
North Carolina547,037
Connecticut137,267
Indiana1130,498
Arkansas2625,331
Wisconsin523,704
Alabama721,503
Minnesota117,243
Illinois114,668
Missouri711,598
Washington1011,554
West Virginia15,352
Iowa65,277
Nevada31,445
Michigan1857
Montana3622
Wyoming3575
South Carolina1367
Nebraska1160
New Hampshire1100
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Filtering technologies that reduce bromomethane

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of bromomethane, 2012-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Huttig WaterworksHuttig, AR2 of 416.5 ppb777
J & R Mobile Home ParkBastrop, TX3 of 310.2 ppb30
Wee Wood ParkMayville, NY9 of 107.78 ppb45
Lake Livingston BranchwoodLivingston, TX2 of 35.73 ppb55
Lake Erie Mobile Home Park LLCFredonia, NY15 of 234.63 ppb320
Sunset TownhousesIthaca, NY1 of 13.30 ppb36
Canal Fulton City Public Water SystemCanal Fulton, OH1 of 12.95 ppb5,479
Bell Water SubdivisionNew Waverly, TX3 of 32.76 ppb72
Creston Public WaterCreston, WA3 of 72.74 ppb275
Town of KitzmillerMountain Lake Park, MD1 of 12.70 ppb370
New London Water AssociationStrong, AR4 of 52.25 ppb772
Chenango RanchTomball, TX2 of 32.23 ppb51
Howlands Mobile Home ParkAthens, NY1 of 12.10 ppb35
Clay Water Supply CorporationDripping Springs, TX2 of 32.10 ppb168
Westwood Villa ApartmentsBlanco, TX4 of 62.07 ppb66
City of Giddings*Giddings, TX4 of 62.07 ppb5,064
Villager ApartmentsColden, NY3 of 31.95 ppb40
Walnut Hill Water AssociationBradley, AR8 of 91.86 ppb275
Bradley Waterworks*Bradley, AR8 of 91.86 ppb533
Twin Fawn EstatesLowman, NY1 of 11.80 ppb50
Lawson-Urbana Water AssociationEl Dorado, AR2 of 21.79 ppb1,147
Wildwood Water AssociationEl Dorado, AR5 of 51.75 ppb1,280
Smackover WaterworksSmackover, AR5 of 71.73 ppb3,019
Prattsville Water DistrictPrattsville, NY12 of 211.64 ppb375
Tennessee Water Supply CorporationTimpson, TX4 of 51.64 ppb386
Wilmot WaterworksWilmot, AR3 of 31.61 ppb862
Willbe Mobile Home ParkHopewell Junction, NY1 of 21.60 ppb45
Harris County Water Control and Improvement District 91Houston, TX1 of 31.60 ppb3,018
North Milam Water Supply CorporationCameron, TX1 of 71.57 ppb1,671
Gunderson Water WorksChehalis, WA3 of 51.54 ppb53
Three Palms Mobilehome ParkSacramento, CA1 of 11.50 ppb300
Felsenthal Water and SewerFelsenthal, AR6 of 111.50 ppb620
Glenview Apartments - LowerBinghamton, NY1 of 61.49 ppb164
Sawkill Trailer ParkHyde Park, NY9 of 161.44 ppb186
Batts-lapile Water AssociationStron, AR3 of 31.37 ppb613
Town of WillardsWillards, MD1 of 11.37 ppb940
Bates County Public Water Supply District 1Butler, MO1 of 31.28 ppb327
Bates County Public Water Supply District 3Butler, MO1 of 31.28 ppb423
Butler PWS*Butler, MO1 of 31.28 ppb4,219
Gilbertown (utilities Board of, Town of)Gilbertown, AL1 of 41.26 ppb6,300
Alpine Manor Home For AdultsLima, NY2 of 31.20 ppb36
Shorewood Forest Water SystemRiverside, TX2 of 41.20 ppb305
Big Tree Mobile Home ParkWilliamsville, NY2 of 41.15 ppb99
Boydell Water AssociationMontrose, AR1 of 11.11 ppb133
Miller Grove Water Supply CorporationCumby, TX2 of 61.10 ppb1,809
Faircrest Water AssociationEl Dorado, AR3 of 40.975 ppb1,275
City of GreenvilleGreenville, MS7 of 90.974 ppb31,517
Concordia PWS*Concordia, MO1 of 30.953 ppb2,500
Emma PWS*Emma, MO1 of 30.953 ppb205
Skytop ApartmentsKingston, NY1 of 10.900 ppb150

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of GreenvilleGreenville, MS7 of 90.974 ppb31,517
Glendale WaterworksGlendale, WI1 of 10.730 ppb12,883
Westchester County WD #2*Somers, NY1 of 40.463 ppb36,000
Lee County WSCGiddings, TX1 of 250.400 ppb12,030
Methuen Water Department*Methuen, MA1 of 20.400 ppb49,660
City of AlvinAlvin, TX3 of 120.233 ppb24,000
Bedford City PWSBedford, OH1 of 50.116 ppb13,074
Cleveland Public Water System*Cleveland, OH1 of 50.116 ppb1,262,955
Aurora City - Cleveland PWSAurora, OH1 of 50.116 ppb15,852
City of LakewoodLakewood, OH1 of 50.116 ppb52,100
Lomita Water DepartmentLomita, CA1 of 40.108 ppb20,256
Ridgewood WaterRidgewood, NJ1 of 310.0939 ppb61,700
City of GrandviewGrandview, WA1 of 130.0692 ppb10,922
South Hadley FD #1 (MWRA)South Hadley, MA1 of 50.0660 ppb14,000
Queensbury Water District*Queensbury, NY1 of 100.0580 ppb39,799
City of OrangeOrange, TX1 of 80.0296 ppb19,418
Wallingford Water DepartmentWallingford, CT1 of 170.0294 ppb37,267
City of BakersfieldBakersfield, CA2 of 620.0105 ppb138,309
South Farmingdale WDFarmingdale, NY1 of 3080.00325 ppb44,700
Town of Hempstead Water DepartmentEast Meadow, NY2 of 6300.00222 ppb110,000
San Gabriel Valley Water Company- El Monte*El Monte, CA2 of 1,4480.000953 ppb226,904

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