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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Phenanthrene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Phenanthrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators. PAHs increase the risk of cancer; damage the immune, nervous and reproductive systems; and can harm developing fetuses.

2015-2017:

FOUND

4

states detected

12

utilities detected

222,000

people served

Health concerns for phenanthrene

Cancer

Harm to the immune system

Harm to fetal growth and child development

Harm to the central nervous system

States reporting phenanthrene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas6141,475
Rhode Island467,053
Nevada19,313
Delaware13,668
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Filtering technologies that reduce phenanthrene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of phenanthrene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Sawmill AdditionVidor, TX1 of 10.110 ppb72
Oakland Village Mobile Home CommunHighlands, TX1 of 10.110 ppb150
Roving Meadows Water SystemHouston, TX1 of 20.1000 ppb141
Windermere CommunityPflugerville, TX1 of 90.0689 ppb20,091
Laurel Water DepartmentLaurel, DE1 of 10.0470 ppb3,668
Incline Village GidIncline Village, NV1 of 20.0245 ppb9,313
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX2 of 150.0160 ppb16,164
City of League CityLeague City, TX1 of 120.00917 ppb104,857
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI2 of 550.00364 ppb318
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI2 of 550.00364 ppb16,864
City of Newport*Newport, RI2 of 550.00364 ppb42,000
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI2 of 550.00364 ppb7,871

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Windermere CommunityPflugerville, TX1 of 90.0689 ppb20,091
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX2 of 150.0160 ppb16,164
City of League CityLeague City, TX1 of 120.00917 ppb104,857
City of Newport*Newport, RI2 of 550.00364 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI2 of 550.00364 ppb16,864

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