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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Mercury (inorganic)

Placer County Water Agency - Foothill

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that also damages the kidneys and other internal organs. Mercury enters drinking water from industrial pollution, mining wastes and coal-fired power plants.

 

14

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2014ND20ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND40ND
2017N/A00N/A
2018ND30ND
2019ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1.2 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1.2 ppb for mercury (inorganic) 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 inorganic mercury, established in 1991, was based on toxicity studies conducted in laboratory animals in the 1970s and 1980s. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-08-203334-002-1010ND
2014-08-203334-007-1200ND
2015-08-113334-002-1000ND
2015-08-113334-007-1305ND
2016-03-302113-014-1440ND
2016-08-032113-014-1045ND
2016-08-172113-002-1215ND
2016-08-172113-007-0945ND
2018-08-147473-002-1120ND
2018-08-147473-007-1310ND
2018-08-227473-014-0930ND
2019-08-277473-002-1135ND
2019-09-097473-007-1330ND
2019-09-127473-014-1150ND