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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate

City of Fort Lauderdale

Nitrate, a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff, and discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks. Excessive nitrate in water can cause oxygen deprivation in infants and increase the risk of cancer. Click here to read more about nitrate.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.0543 ppm220.0239 ppm - 0.0847 ppm
20130.0590 ppm21ND - 0.118 ppm
20140.0130 ppm21ND - 0.0260 ppm
20150.0595 ppm220.0540 ppm - 0.0650 ppm
20160.0260 ppm21ND - 0.0520 ppm
20170.0746 ppm220.0631 ppm - 0.0861 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined by EWG . This health guideline protects against cancer and harm to fetal growth and development.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

The legal limit for nitrate, established in 1962, was developed to protect infants from acute methemoglobinemia, a life-threatening disorder of oxygen transport in the body. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer and harm to the developing fetus.

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Result
2012-07-310.0239 ppm
2012-07-310.0847 ppm
2013-06-190.118 ppm
2013-06-19ND
2014-06-040.0260 ppm
2014-06-04ND
2015-06-020.0650 ppm
2015-06-020.0540 ppm
2016-07-14ND
2016-07-140.0520 ppm
2017-06-130.0631 ppm
2017-06-130.0861 ppm