EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE


Nitrate and nitrite

City of Mesa

Nitrate and nitrite enter water from fertilizer runoff, septic tanks and urban runoff. These contaminants can cause oxygen deprivation for infants and increase the risk of cancer. Nitrite is significantly more toxic than nitrate. Click here to read more about nitrate.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20121.88 ppm30300.230 ppm - 6.60 ppm
20151.55 ppm330.314 ppm - 3.00 ppm
20161.55 ppm111.55 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The health guideline of 0.14 parts per million, or ppm, for nitrate and nitrite is based on the equivalent health guideline for nitrate, as defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG. This guideline represents a one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-16201204160112I6.60 ppm
2012-05-07201205070067I0.870 ppm
2012-05-07201205070059I2.50 ppm
2012-05-08201205080126I2.90 ppm
2012-08-06201208060117I0.800 ppm
2012-08-06201208060116I2.20 ppm
2012-08-06201208060115I3.00 ppm
2012-08-07201208070367I1.40 ppm
2012-08-08201208080565I1.20 ppm
2012-08-08201208080564I1.40 ppm
2012-08-08201208080563I2.60 ppm
2012-08-13201208130185I3.90 ppm
2012-08-13201208130184I0.520 ppm
2012-08-13201208130183I3.50 ppm
2012-08-14201208140227I0.420 ppm
2012-08-14201208140229I2.20 ppm
2012-08-14201208140228I3.70 ppm
2012-08-15201208150503I0.300 ppm
2012-08-15201208150502I3.80 ppm
2012-08-15201208150501I1.20 ppm
2012-08-22120707861.04 ppm
2012-08-22120707832.69 ppm
2012-08-22120707781.26 ppm
2012-08-27120707771.48 ppm
2012-08-27120707720.330 ppm
2012-08-27120707790.870 ppm
2012-08-28120707851.57 ppm
2012-08-28120707810.850 ppm
2012-09-27201209270445I0.960 ppm
2012-11-202012112001155I0.230 ppm
2015-07-0715070119I1.33 ppm
2015-07-20150703910.314 ppm
2015-07-21150704483.00 ppm
2016-06-0816060165I1.55 ppm