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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Pyrene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Pyrene 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

2

states detected

6

utilities detected

134,000

people served

Health concerns for pyrene

Cancer

Harm to the immune system

Harm to reproduction and child development

Change to the central nervous system

States reporting pyrene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Rhode Island5118,053
Texas116,164
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Filtering technologies that reduce pyrene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of pyrene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0380 ppb16,164
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI5 of 550.0145 ppb7,871
City of Newport*Newport, RI5 of 550.0145 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI5 of 550.0145 ppb16,864
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI5 of 550.0145 ppb318
Bristol County Water AuthorityWarren, RI1 of 170.00588 ppb51,000

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0380 ppb16,164
City of Newport*Newport, RI5 of 550.0145 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI5 of 550.0145 ppb16,864
Bristol County Water AuthorityWarren, RI1 of 170.00588 ppb51,000

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