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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Mercury (inorganic)

San Francisco Regional Water System

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.

 

16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND30ND

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
2012-06-139553-001-1045ND
2012-07-249553-016-0915ND
2013-06-189553-016-0936ND
2013-06-189553-001-1110ND
2014-06-179553-016-0904ND
2014-06-179553-001-1130ND
2014-09-169553-015-1035ND
2015-05-279553-001-1235ND
2015-05-279553-016-0830ND
2015-06-189553-015-0915ND
2016-06-149553-015-1231ND
2016-06-149553-001-1105ND
2016-06-219553-016-1055ND
2017-06-199553-015-1100ND
2017-06-199553-001-1025ND
2017-06-199553-016-0953ND