EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE



City of Manteca

Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems. Read More.

Fluoride has been promoted as a chemical that reduces dental cavities. Yet it is now well-established that fluoride primarily exerts its protective effects through topical mechanisms, such as sodium fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash. In contrast, long-term ingestion of fluoride in water increases dental fluorosis, which includes mottling, pitting and weakening of the teeth. EPA's maximum legal limit is set at 4 parts per million (ppm) to prevent skeletal fluorosis, a condition where bones become brittle and more susceptible to fractures, although these effects may occur at lower doses.

Even fluoride levels of 0.7 ppm, the amount of fluoride in drinking water recommended by the U.S. Public Health Service, can result in too much fluoride for bottle-fed babies. EWG recommends that caregivers mix baby formula with fluoride-free water. The National Toxicology Program is investigating the potential for low doses of fluoride to alter thyroid function and childhood brain development.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.146 ppm880.110 ppm - 0.200 ppm
20130.1000 ppm54ND - 0.150 ppm
20140.0550 ppm21ND - 0.110 ppm
20150.0911 ppm97ND - 0.130 ppm
20160.0925 ppm43ND - 0.150 ppm
20170.115 ppm220.110 ppm - 0.120 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-085810-044-07450.170 ppm
2012-05-085810-028-08100.160 ppm
2012-05-085810-016-11150.110 ppm
2012-05-085810-013-07100.150 ppm
2012-06-125810-049-07170.130 ppm
2012-08-145810-015-09200.120 ppm
2012-09-115810-030-09270.200 ppm
2012-12-115810-036-11250.130 ppm
2013-04-105810-012-08050.110 ppm
2013-05-155810-034-07460.150 ppm
2013-06-055810-038-07450.1000 ppm
2013-08-145810-014-08100.140 ppm
2014-06-105810-042-07500.110 ppm
2015-02-105810-044-06440.130 ppm
2015-05-125810-013-07500.120 ppm
2015-05-125810-028-15350.120 ppm
2015-05-125810-016-07250.110 ppm
2015-07-215810-034-08120.120 ppm
2015-08-115810-015-08150.110 ppm
2015-12-095810-036-08400.110 ppm
2016-04-195810-012-09200.110 ppm
2016-06-145810-038-06450.110 ppm
2016-08-235810-014-07150.150 ppm
2017-05-095810-040-08590.110 ppm
2017-06-135810-042-07450.120 ppm