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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Chrysene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Chrysene 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

3

states detected

7

utilities detected

85,297

people served

States reporting chrysene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Rhode Island467,053
Texas216,404
Arkansas11,840
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Filtering technologies that reduce chrysene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of chrysene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Pine Grove Estates Water SystemCypress, TX1 of 10.140 ppb240
Calico Rock WaterworksCalico Rock, AR1 of 50.102 ppb1,840
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0667 ppb16,164
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI2 of 550.00727 ppb7,871
City of Newport*Newport, RI2 of 550.00727 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI2 of 550.00727 ppb16,864
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI2 of 550.00727 ppb318

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0667 ppb16,164
City of Newport*Newport, RI2 of 550.00727 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI2 of 550.00727 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 Chrysene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.