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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Beryllium

Whittier Water Department

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.

 

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 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
2012-03-139588-009-1130ND
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