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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Beryllium

NJ American Water - Western

Beryllium is a toxic metal that is both naturally occurring and released into the environment from industrial pollution and incineration. Beryllium can damage lungs, bones and the digestive system.

 

36

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND150ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND160ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppb for beryllium 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 stomach and intestines.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppb

The legal limit for beryllium, established in 1992, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals published in 1970. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-1215777201ND
2013-01-0920691301ND
2014-01-0824566301ND
2014-04-0425405501ND
2014-04-0425402001ND
2014-06-1225400201ND
2014-06-1225403101ND
2014-06-1225400401ND
2014-06-1225801801ND
2014-06-1225399201ND
2014-06-3025798301ND
2014-06-3025801001ND
2014-07-2425402301ND
2014-07-2925403301ND
2014-07-2925801401ND
2014-07-2925402601ND
2014-08-2026207201ND
2015-01-1227863701ND
2016-01-0431135401ND
2016-08-0833098201ND
2017-01-0534460001ND
2017-04-1335355001ND
2017-04-1335355201ND
2017-04-1335356001ND
2017-06-2335355801ND
2017-06-2335354601ND
2017-06-2335986401ND
2017-06-2635349201ND
2017-06-2735991301ND
2017-06-2735990201ND
2017-06-2736533601ND
2017-06-2735352701ND
2017-07-2535352901ND
2017-08-3037194201ND
2017-08-3037194801ND
2017-09-0537194501ND