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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate

Baxter Springs, City of

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)

8

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20122.15 ppm221.70 ppm - 2.60 ppm
20131.75 ppm221.60 ppm - 1.90 ppm
20140.900 ppm21ND - 1.80 ppm
2015ND20ND
20160.0800 ppm21ND - 0.160 ppm
20170.470 ppm220.320 ppm - 0.620 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 Lab ID Result
2012-02-08575199BT2.60 ppm
2012-04-17577645WS1.70 ppm
2013-02-26592741BT1.90 ppm
2013-04-23594962WS1.60 ppm
2014-01-27451631.80 ppm
2014-04-1496075ND
2015-02-25284703ND
2015-04-08310204ND
2016-01-274838860.160 ppm
2016-04-13527393ND
2017-01-096790950.320 ppm
2017-04-037333130.620 ppm