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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate and nitrite

City of Kearney

Nitrate and nitrite enter water from fertilizer runoff, septic tanks and urban runoff. These contaminants can cause oxygen deprivation for infants and increase the risk of cancer. Nitrite is significantly more toxic than nitrate. Click here to read more about nitrate.

 

27

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

27

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20124.74 ppm15150.477 ppm - 9.44 ppm
20131.10 ppm440.948 ppm - 1.29 ppm
20141.18 ppm221.18 ppm
20151.40 ppm221.35 ppm - 1.45 ppm
20161.24 ppm221.15 ppm - 1.32 ppm
20170.853 ppm220.726 ppm - 0.980 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The health guideline of 0.14 parts per million, or ppm, for nitrate and nitrite is based on the equivalent health guideline for nitrate, as defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG. This guideline represents a one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-171540157.85 ppm
2012-01-171540145.74 ppm
2012-01-171540133.70 ppm
2012-01-171540125.24 ppm
2012-02-211540100.477 ppm
2012-04-161681754.59 ppm
2012-04-161681763.90 ppm
2012-04-161681776.17 ppm
2012-04-161681789.15 ppm
2012-07-301857474.58 ppm
2012-07-301857483.46 ppm
2012-07-301857495.47 ppm
2012-07-301857509.44 ppm
2012-07-301857510.667 ppm
2012-10-292043470.654 ppm
2013-01-222194571.29 ppm
2013-02-252194560.948 ppm
2013-04-152295501.17 ppm
2013-07-222473140.976 ppm
2014-03-032806941.18 ppm
2014-03-032806931.18 ppm
2015-02-233444421.35 ppm
2015-02-233444431.45 ppm
2016-03-071.15 ppm
2016-03-071.32 ppm
2017-02-210.980 ppm
2017-02-210.726 ppm