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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzo[g,h,i]perylene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Benzo[g,h,i]perylene 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

4

states detected

12

utilities detected

170,000

people served

States reporting benzo[g,h,i]perylene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
New Jersey684,983
Rhode Island467,053
Texas116,164
Arkansas11,840
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Filtering technologies that reduce benzo[g,h,i]perylene

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of benzo[g,h,i]perylene, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Calico Rock WaterworksCalico Rock, AR1 of 130.0569 ppb1,840
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0133 ppb16,164
United Water Matchaponix*Manalapan, NJ1 of 20.01000 ppb0
Suez Water Manalapan MillhurstManalapan, NJ1 of 20.01000 ppb2,100
Manalapan Township Water District Tracy StationManalapan, NJ1 of 20.01000 ppb256
Naval Station, NewportNewport, RI3 of 550.00909 ppb7,871
City of Newport*Newport, RI3 of 550.00909 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI3 of 550.00909 ppb16,864
United States Navy (fort Adams)Newport, RI3 of 550.00909 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[g,h,i]perylene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Harris County MUD 53Houston, TX1 of 150.0133 ppb16,164
City of Newport*Newport, RI3 of 550.00909 ppb42,000
Portsmouth Water & Fire DistrictPortsmouth, RI3 of 550.00909 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[g,h,i]perylene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.