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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzo[b]fluoranthene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Benzo[b]fluoranthene 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

8

utilities detected

85,341

people served

States reporting benzo[b]fluoranthene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Rhode Island567,097
Texas216,404
Arkansas11,840
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Filtering technologies that reduce benzo[b]fluoranthene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of benzo[b]fluoranthene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Pine Grove Estates Water SystemCypress, TX1 of 10.200 ppb240
Calico Rock WaterworksCalico Rock, AR1 of 130.103 ppb1,840
Four Seasons Mobile Home Park Co-op AssociationTiverton, RI1 of 10.1000 ppb44
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0453 ppb16,164
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI10 of 550.0364 ppb7,871
City of Newport*Newport, RI10 of 550.0364 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI10 of 550.0364 ppb16,864
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI10 of 550.0364 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[b]fluoranthene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0453 ppb16,164
City of Newport*Newport, RI10 of 550.0364 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI10 of 550.0364 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[b]fluoranthene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.