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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzo[a]anthracene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Benzo[a]anthracene 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

83,457

people served

States reporting benzo[a]anthracene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Rhode Island467,053
Texas216,404
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Filtering technologies that reduce benzo[a]anthracene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of benzo[a]anthracene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Pine Grove Estates Water SystemCypress, TX1 of 10.170 ppb240
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0493 ppb16,164
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI4 of 550.0109 ppb7,871
City of Newport*Newport, RI4 of 550.0109 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI4 of 550.0109 ppb16,864
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI4 of 550.0109 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 Benzo[a]anthracene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0493 ppb16,164
City of Newport*Newport, RI4 of 550.0109 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI4 of 550.0109 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 Benzo[a]anthracene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.