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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Arsenic

Albany Water Works

Arsenic is a potent carcinogen and common contaminant in drinking water. Arsenic causes thousands of cases of cancer each year in the U.S. Click here to read more about arsenic.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

3

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
20150.250 ppb21ND - 0.500 ppb
2016ND20ND
20170.350 ppb220.300 ppb - 0.400 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.004 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic 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 cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppb

The legal limit for arsenic, established in 2001, was based on costs for arsenic removal, as calculated at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to arsenic exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-212022633-01ND
2012-02-212022637-01ND
2013-02-193022156-01ND
2013-02-193022161-01ND
2014-02-254022276-01ND
2014-02-254022277-01ND
2015-02-245020966-01ND
2015-02-245020967-010.500 ppb
2016-02-096021975-01ND
2016-02-096021974-01ND
2017-02-217021693-010.400 ppb
2017-02-217021694-010.300 ppb