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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. PFOA and other perfluorinated chemicals can cause serious health effects, including cancer, endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, and thyroid changes. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and they accumulate in people. Click here to read more about perfluorinated chemicals.

 

46

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

24

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2014N/A00N/A
2015N/A00N/A
201615.6 ppt554.00 ppt - 25.0 ppt
201721.8 ppt4421.0 ppt - 22.0 ppt
20189.58 ppt774.60 ppt - 21.0 ppt
20191.80 ppt308ND - 11.3 ppt

ppt = parts per trillion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.007 ppt

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.007 ppt for PFOA was defined by 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 cancer.

ppt = parts per trillion

All test results

Date Result
2016-07-2825.0 ppt
2016-09-0121.0 ppt
2016-09-014.00 ppt
2016-09-014.00 ppt
2016-12-2824.0 ppt
2017-02-2222.0 ppt
2017-05-1622.0 ppt
2017-09-1921.0 ppt
2017-12-1922.0 ppt
2018-02-2721.0 ppt
2018-05-1410.00 ppt
2018-05-144.60 ppt
2018-08-035.64 ppt
2018-08-039.97 ppt
2018-10-2510.7 ppt
2018-10-255.12 ppt
2019-02-2011.3 ppt
2019-02-206.81 ppt
2019-05-219.33 ppt
2019-05-219.25 ppt
2019-08-02ND
2019-08-208.42 ppt
2019-08-20ND
2019-09-03ND
2019-09-03ND
2019-09-18ND
2019-09-18ND
2019-09-25ND
2019-10-02ND
2019-10-023.00 ppt
2019-10-09ND
2019-10-15ND
2019-10-15ND
2019-10-23ND
2019-10-30ND
2019-10-30ND
2019-11-06ND
2019-11-13ND
2019-11-131.54 ppt
2019-11-20ND
2019-11-25ND
2019-11-25ND
2019-12-04ND
2019-12-18ND
2019-12-234.44 ppt
2019-12-23ND