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Mercury (inorganic)

Clayton County Water Authority

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.

 

13

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2010ND20ND
2011ND20ND
2012ND30ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 1.2 ppb

The 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.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)2 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2010-02-10AG82260ND
2010-02-10AG82258ND
2011-02-01AH18570ND
2011-02-01AH18569ND
2012-05-23AH65282ND
2012-05-23AH65281ND
2012-08-07AH73432ND
2013-04-16AH99138ND
2013-04-16AH99137ND
2014-02-10AI27804ND
2014-02-10AI27803ND
2015-02-17AI65011ND
2015-02-17AI65010ND