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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Mercury (inorganic)

Washington Aqueduct Division

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.

 

143

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND240ND
2013ND240ND
2014ND240ND
2015ND240ND
2016ND240ND
2017ND230ND

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
2012-01-01DalecarliaND
2012-01-01McMillanND
2012-02-01DalecarliaND
2012-02-01McMillanND
2012-03-01DalecarliaND
2012-03-01McMillanND
2012-04-01DalecarliaND
2012-04-01McMillanND
2012-05-01DalecarliaND
2012-05-01McMillanND
2012-06-01DalecarliaND
2012-06-01McMillanND
2012-07-01DalecarliaND
2012-07-01McMillanND
2012-08-01DalecarliaND
2012-08-01McMillanND
2012-09-01DalecarliaND
2012-09-01McMillanND
2012-10-01DalecarliaND
2012-10-01McMillanND
2012-11-01DalecarliaND
2012-11-01McMillanND
2012-12-01DalecarliaND
2012-12-01McMillanND
2013-01-01DalecarliaND
2013-01-01McMillanND
2013-02-01DalecarliaND
2013-02-01McMillanND
2013-03-01DalecarliaND
2013-03-01McMillanND
2013-04-01DalecarliaND
2013-04-01McMillanND
2013-05-01DalecarliaND
2013-05-01McMillanND
2013-06-01DalecarliaND
2013-06-01McMillanND
2013-07-01DalecarliaND
2013-07-01McMillanND
2013-08-01DalecarliaND
2013-08-01McMillanND
2013-09-01DalecarliaND
2013-09-01McMillanND
2013-10-01DalecarliaND
2013-10-01McMillanND
2013-11-01DalecarliaND
2013-11-01McMillanND
2013-12-01DalecarliaND
2013-12-01McMillanND
2014-01-01DalecarliaND
2014-01-01McMillanND
2014-02-01DalecarliaND
2014-02-01McMillanND
2014-03-01DalecarliaND
2014-03-01McMillanND
2014-04-01DalecarliaND
2014-04-01McMillanND
2014-05-01DalecarliaND
2014-05-01McMillanND
2014-06-01DalecarliaND
2014-06-01McMillanND
2014-07-01DalecarliaND
2014-07-01McMillanND
2014-08-01DalecarliaND
2014-08-01McMillanND
2014-09-01DalecarliaND
2014-09-01McMillanND
2014-10-01DalecarliaND
2014-10-01McMillanND
2014-11-01DalecarliaND
2014-11-01McMillanND
2014-12-01DalecarliaND
2014-12-01McMillanND
2015-01-01DalecarliaND
2015-01-01McMillanND
2015-02-01DalecarliaND
2015-02-01McMillanND
2015-03-01DalecarliaND
2015-03-01McMillanND
2015-04-01DalecarliaND
2015-04-01McMillanND
2015-05-01DalecarliaND
2015-05-01McMillanND
2015-06-01DalecarliaND
2015-06-01McMillanND
2015-07-01DalecarliaND
2015-07-01McMillanND
2015-08-01DalecarliaND
2015-08-01McMillanND
2015-09-01DalecarliaND
2015-09-01McMillanND
2015-10-01DalecarliaND
2015-10-01McMillanND
2015-11-01DalecarliaND
2015-11-01McMillanND
2015-12-01DalecarliaND
2015-12-01McMillanND
2016-01-01DalecarliaND
2016-01-01McMillanND
2016-02-01DalecarliaND
2016-02-01McMillanND
2016-03-01DalecarliaND
2016-03-01McMillanND
2016-04-01DalecarliaND
2016-04-01McMillanND
2016-05-01DalecarliaND
2016-05-01McMillanND
2016-06-01DalecarliaND
2016-06-01McMillanND
2016-07-01DalecarliaND
2016-07-01McMillanND
2016-08-01DalecarliaND
2016-08-01McMillanND
2016-09-01DalecarliaND
2016-09-01McMillanND
2016-10-01DalecarliaND
2016-10-01McMillanND
2016-11-01DalecarliaND
2016-11-01McMillanND
2016-12-01DalecarliaND
2016-12-01McMillanND
2017-01-01DalecarliaND
2017-01-01McMillanND
2017-02-01DalecarliaND
2017-02-01McMillanND
2017-03-01DalecarliaND
2017-03-01McMillanND
2017-04-01DalecarliaND
2017-04-01McMillanND
2017-05-01DalecarliaND
2017-05-01McMillanND
2017-06-01DalecarliaND
2017-06-01McMillanND
2017-07-01DalecarliaND
2017-07-01McMillanND
2017-08-01DalecarliaND
2017-08-01McMillanND
2017-09-01DalecarliaND
2017-09-01McMillanND
2017-10-01DalecarliaND
2017-10-01McMillanND
2017-11-01DalecarliaND
2017-11-01McMillanND
2017-12-01DalecarliaND