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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Thallium

California Water Service Company - Dominguez

Thalium is a naturally occurring metal released into the environment from metal smelting and coal burning. Exposure to too much thalium can cause hair loss, liver damage, reduced sperm motility and nervous system impairment.

 

23

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND60ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND60ND
2017ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for thallium 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 internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2 ppb

The legal limit for thallium, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-08-205810-018-1124ND
2013-03-135810-024-1047ND
2013-05-085810-036-1143ND
2013-06-185810-023-1312ND
2013-07-175810-050-1442ND
2013-09-195810-004-1430ND
2013-10-165810-022-1400ND
2014-07-095701-050-1340ND
2014-08-275810-016-1310ND
2014-10-085810-019-1022ND
2015-03-259590-018-1355ND
2016-01-135810-023-1320ND
2016-03-239590-018-1340ND
2016-05-115810-036-1140ND
2016-07-135810-050-1335ND
2016-09-075810-004-1300ND
2016-12-289590-019-0930ND
2017-03-089590-019-1430ND
2017-08-235810-019-1100ND
2017-08-235810-016-1212ND
2017-10-119590-036-1335ND
2017-10-169590-805-1030ND
2017-12-265810-024-1315ND