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Cadmium

Whittier Water Department

Cadmium is a toxic metal found in food and drinking water. It has been linked to kidney toxicity, bone damage, cancer, and damage to developing fetuses.

 

11

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.04 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.04 ppb for cadmium 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) 5 ppb

The legal limit for cadmium, established in 1991, was based on research studies of cadmium toxicity conducted in the 1970s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to cadmium exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-139588-009-1130ND
2012-03-139588-013-1000ND
2013-05-169588-003-0800ND
2013-09-179588-010-1010ND
2014-03-119588-008-0925ND
2014-03-119588-011-0910ND
2015-03-179588-013-1000ND
2016-06-029588-009-1100ND
2016-09-139588-010-0910ND
2017-03-089588-008-0905ND
2017-03-089588-011-0855ND