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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Thallium

Homer

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

Thalium is a naturally occurring metal released into the environment from metal smelting and coal burning. Exposure to too much thalium can cause hair loss, liver damage, reduced sperm motility and nervous system impairment.

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND10ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for thallium 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 thallium, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

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

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-14AH64535ND
2013-04-08AH98507ND
2014-07-21AI46289ND
2015-01-20AI63066ND
2016-01-13AJ04298ND
2017-01-18AJ38350ND