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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Selenium

City of Ridgeland

Selenium is an essential element in diets. But too much selenium can decrease thyroid hormone production and cause hair loss, skin lesions and brittle fingernails.

 

13

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.528 ppb51ND - 2.64 ppb
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND50ND
2016ND10ND
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 30 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 30 ppb for selenium 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 hair loss and nail damage.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 50 ppb

The legal limit for selenium, established in 1991, was based on human epidemiological studies of populations exposed to naturally occurring selenium in drinking water. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-07-09120710-020INND
2012-07-09120710-019IN2.64 ppb
2012-07-09120710-018INND
2012-07-09120710-017INND
2012-07-09120710-016INND
2013-04-30130501-001INND
2014-03-31140401-013INND
2015-11-23151124-023INND
2015-11-23151124-022INND
2015-11-23151124-021INND
2015-11-23151124-020INND
2015-11-23151124-019INND
2016-02-29160301-043INND