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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Cyanide

Attleboro Water Department

Cyanide is a toxic chemical that causes central nervous system and thyroid toxicity. Water contamination is generally the result of metal mining and chemical industry waste, runoff from agriculture and road salts used for melting ice.

 

20

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND40ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 150 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for cyanide 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 harm to the brain and nervous system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 200 ppb

The legal limit for cyanide, established in 1992, was based on a 1955 toxicity study conducted in laboratory animals. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-02-02ND
2012-12-31ND
2013-01-02ND
2013-12-02ND
2013-12-02ND
2014-01-02ND
2014-06-16ND
2015-01-07ND
2015-03-04ND
2015-08-21ND
2015-10-01ND
2016-01-06ND
2016-08-03ND
2016-08-03ND
2016-10-05ND
2016-10-05ND
2017-01-04ND
2017-06-27ND
2017-10-04ND
2017-10-04ND