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Nitrate

Albany Water Works

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.

 

30

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20100.221 ppm53ND - 0.435 ppm
20110.280 ppm550.200 ppm - 0.400 ppm
20120.200 ppm53ND - 0.400 ppm
20130.172 ppm54ND - 0.300 ppm
20140.220 ppm54ND - 0.400 ppm
20150.520 ppm54ND - 1.90 ppm

ppm = parts per million.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The health guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and corresponds to one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

ppm = parts per million.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

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

ppm = parts per million.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)10 ppm

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

ppm = parts per million.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2010-02-23AH268070.431 ppm
2010-02-23AH268150.435 ppm
2010-05-18AH432090.241 ppm
2010-08-17AH52416ND
2010-11-16AH81109ND
2011-02-15AI011090.300 ppm
2011-02-15AI011180.300 ppm
2011-05-17AI243310.400 ppm
2011-08-16AI485240.200 ppm
2011-11-15AI718110.200 ppm
2012-02-212022634-010.400 ppm
2012-02-212022638-010.400 ppm
2012-05-152052000-010.200 ppm
2012-08-212082530-01ND
2012-11-202112247-01ND
2013-02-193022162-010.300 ppm
2013-02-193022157-010.300 ppm
2013-05-213052340-01ND
2013-08-273082357-010.0600 ppm
2013-12-173110940-010.200 ppm
2014-02-254022278-010.400 ppm
2014-02-254022279-010.400 ppm
2014-05-204052041-010.200 ppm
2014-08-194082269-01ND
2014-11-184112029-010.1000 ppm
2015-02-245020968-011.90 ppm
2015-02-245020969-010.300 ppm
2015-05-195052804-010.200 ppm
2015-08-185082561-01ND
2015-11-175112594-010.200 ppm