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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Beryllium

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Beryllium is a toxic metal that is both naturally occurring and released into the environment from industrial pollution and incineration. Beryllium can damage lungs, bones and the digestive system.

 

20

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND50ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND70ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppb for beryllium was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against harm to the stomach and intestines.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppb

The legal limit for beryllium, established in 1992, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals published in 1970. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-032012000421ND
2012-01-032012000419ND
2012-01-042010248-02ND
2012-01-092012001235ND
2012-01-102012001855ND
2013-01-023010074-01ND
2014-01-064010287-01IND
2014-01-152014001121ND
2014-01-162014001135ND
2014-01-162014001407ND
2014-01-212014003196ND
2014-01-212014003180ND
2014-02-262014009692ND
2015-01-07201501070258IND
2016-01-06201601060265IND
2017-01-04201701040662IND
2017-01-112017001856ND
2017-01-182017002436ND
2017-01-182017002423ND
2017-01-252017004351ND