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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate and nitrite

Homer

NOTE: Homer purchases water from Banks County - Mountain Creek which is required to test for nitrate and nitrite. Sample information shown below was taken by Banks County - Mountain Creek.

Nitrate and nitrite enter water from fertilizer runoff, septic tanks and urban runoff. These contaminants can cause oxygen deprivation for infants and increase the risk of cancer. Nitrite is significantly more toxic than nitrate. Click here to read more about nitrate.

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

4

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.343 ppm42ND - 0.900 ppm
20130.177 ppm31ND - 0.530 ppm
20140.193 ppm31ND - 0.580 ppm
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
20170.320 ppm110.320 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The health guideline of 0.14 parts per million, or ppm, for nitrate and nitrite is based on the equivalent health guideline for nitrate, as defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG. This guideline represents a one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

NOTE: Homer purchases water from Banks County - Mountain Creek which is required to test for nitrate and nitrite. Sample information shown below was taken by Banks County - Mountain Creek.

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-22AH537800.230 ppm
2013-01-16AH87592ND
2014-01-14AI266150.270 ppm
2015-01-20AI630650.210 ppm
2016-01-13AJ042950.260 ppm
2017-01-18AJ38353ND