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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Indeno(1,2,3-cd)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

3

states detected

7

utilities detected

85,297

people served

Health concerns for indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene

Cancer

Harm to the immune system

Harm to reproduction and child development

Change to the central nervous system

States reporting indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Rhode Island467,053
Texas216,404
Arkansas11,840
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Filtering technologies that reduce indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Pine Grove Estates Water SystemCypress, TX1 of 10.110 ppb240
Calico Rock WaterworksCalico Rock, AR1 of 130.0446 ppb1,840
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI4 of 550.0164 ppb7,871
City of Newport*Newport, RI4 of 550.0164 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI4 of 550.0164 ppb16,864
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI4 of 550.0164 ppb318
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0153 ppb16,164

* 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 Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Newport*Newport, RI4 of 550.0164 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI4 of 550.0164 ppb16,864
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0153 ppb16,164

* 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 Indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.