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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Beryllium

City of Chicago

Beryllium is a toxic metal that is both naturally occurring and released into the environment from industrial pollution and incineration. Beryllium can damage lungs, bones and the digestive system.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppb for beryllium 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 the stomach and intestines.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppb

The legal limit for beryllium, established in 1992, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals published in 1970. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-10SA20328-01_02ND
2012-01-10SA20333-01_02ND
2013-01-08SA30176-01_02ND
2013-01-08SA30177-01_02ND
2014-02-11SB40289-01_02ND
2014-02-11SB40288-01_02ND
2015-01-12SA50260-01_02ND
2015-01-12SA50259-01_02ND
2016-01-2616A0568-01_02ND
2016-01-2616A0570-01_02ND
2017-01-3017A0785-01_02ND
2017-01-3017B0033-01_02ND