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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Atrazine

City of Lake Charles Water System

Atrazine is a herbicide commonly detected in drinking water that comes from cornfield and other agricultural runoff. It is a hormone disrupter that harms the male and female reproductive systems of people and wildlife. Read More.

Federal laws allow up to 3 parts per billion of atrazine in treated tap water. Water suppliers average atrazine measurements collected over a year, which means that the reported values underestimate intense spikes of elevated exposures during the periods in late spring and early summer when atrazine is applied in large amounts on farm fields.

Human epidemiological studies suggest that federal standards for atrazine are insufficient to protect public health. In 1999 the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment set a public health goal of 0.15 parts per billion for atrazine in drinking water, based on a study finding increased rates of breast cancer in rats exposed to the chemical. California's legal maximum for atrazine in tap water is 1 ppb.

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74

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND360ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND320ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for atrazine was defined by EWG based on epidemiological studies of human exposure to atrazine in drinking water.. This health guideline protects against harm to the developing fetus, harm to the reproductive system and hormone disruption.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 3 ppb

The legal limit for atrazine, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s. This limit does not fully protect against harm to the reproductive system, harm to the developing fetus, and hormone disruption.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-30AD65286ND
2012-04-30AD65285ND
2012-04-30AD65284ND
2012-04-30AD65283ND
2012-04-30AD65286ND
2012-04-30AD65282ND
2012-04-30AD65283ND
2012-04-30AD65284ND
2012-04-30AD65285ND
2012-04-30AD65282ND
2012-05-29AD65745ND
2012-05-29AD65746ND
2012-05-29AD65744ND
2012-05-29AD65743ND
2012-05-29AD65743ND
2012-05-29AD65742ND
2012-05-29AD65744ND
2012-05-29AD65745ND
2012-05-29AD65742ND
2012-05-29AD65746ND
2012-07-23AD67959ND
2012-07-23AD67958ND
2012-07-23AD67957ND
2012-07-23AD67956ND
2012-07-23AD68021ND
2012-07-23AD68021ND
2012-07-23AD67960ND
2012-07-23AD67960ND
2012-07-23AD67956ND
2012-07-23AD67957ND
2012-07-23AD67958ND
2012-07-23AD67959ND
2012-10-08AD71683ND
2012-10-08AD71685ND
2012-10-08AD71683ND
2012-10-08AD71685ND
2015-03-2335180731003ND
2015-03-2335180731002ND
2015-03-2335180731005ND
2015-03-2335180731004ND
2015-03-2335180731005ND
2015-03-2335180731001ND
2015-03-2335180731002ND
2015-03-2335180731003ND
2015-03-2335180731004ND
2015-03-2335180731001ND
2015-07-2735199384005ND
2015-07-2735199384001ND
2015-07-2735199384004ND
2015-07-2735199384003ND
2015-07-2735199384005ND
2015-07-2735199384004ND
2015-07-2735199384003ND
2015-07-2735199384002ND
2015-07-2735199384002ND
2015-07-2735199384001ND
2015-08-1035201689005ND
2015-08-1035201689004ND
2015-08-1035201689002ND
2015-08-1035201689001ND
2015-08-1035201689001ND
2015-08-1035201689002ND
2015-08-1035201689003ND
2015-08-1035201689004ND
2015-08-1035201689005ND
2015-08-1035201689003ND
2015-09-2135208328005ND
2015-09-2135208328005ND
2017-12-1835365007003ND
2017-12-1835365007001ND
2017-12-1835365007002ND
2017-12-1835365007003ND
2017-12-1835365007001ND
2017-12-1835365007002ND