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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

NJ American Water - Western

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.

 

34

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013ND330ND
2014ND10ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

ppt = parts per trillion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1 ppt

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppt for PFOA was defined by EWG based on studies by Phillipe Grandjean of Harvard University and many other independent researchers who found reduced effectiveness of vaccines and adverse impacts on mammary gland development from exposure to PFOA and PFOS, the two PFAS most widely detected in drinking water. This health guideline applies to the entire class of PFAS detected in water.

ppt = parts per trillion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-05-0121873501ND
2013-05-0121871901ND
2013-05-0221872901ND
2013-05-0221872301ND
2013-05-0621874301ND
2013-05-0821873301ND
2013-05-0821872501ND
2013-05-0921873701ND
2013-05-1321872701ND
2013-05-1321873901ND
2013-05-1621872101ND
2013-06-0621875101ND
2013-06-1721874501ND
2013-06-1921871701ND
2013-07-0121874901ND
2013-07-2421874701ND
2013-08-1923160401ND
2013-08-2323490801ND
2013-08-2323490401ND
2013-08-2323491001ND
2013-08-3023490601ND
2013-09-0623490201ND
2013-10-1123875801ND
2013-11-0423876601ND
2013-11-0423874401ND
2013-11-0423876001ND
2013-11-0623875001ND
2013-11-0623874801ND
2013-11-0623876201ND
2013-11-0823876401ND
2013-11-0823875601ND
2013-11-0823875201ND
2013-11-1323873301ND
2014-02-05201402140328AMND