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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

NJ American Water - West Jersey

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform. Read More.

Studies conducted in the U.S. and Europe have found that drinking tap water that carries disinfection byproducts increases the risk of developing bladder cancer. In animal studies, all trihalomethanes cause liver, kidney and intestinal tumors. Some human epidemiological studies also reported an association between disinfection byproducts and an increased risk of problems during pregnancy, including spontaneous miscarriage, cardiovascular defects, neural tube defects and low birth weight.

The health guideline of 0.15 parts per billion, or ppb, for the group of four trihalomethanes, or THM4/TTHM, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-one-million lifetime cancer risk level.

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12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

12

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20140.700 ppb220.600 ppb - 0.800 ppb
20151.35 ppb220.700 ppb - 2.00 ppb
20161.35 ppb221.30 ppb - 1.40 ppb
20170.600 ppb220.500 ppb - 0.700 ppb
20181.60 ppb220.800 ppb - 2.40 ppb
20191.45 ppb220.900 ppb - 2.00 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The health guideline of 0.15 parts per billion, or ppb, for the group of four trihalomethanes, or THM4/TTHM, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-one-million lifetime cancer risk level.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 80 ppb

The legal limit for the group of four trihalomethanes, established in 1998, was based on the need for residual disinfectant levels in water served to customers and the cost of treatment. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to exposure to trihalomethanes.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-07-22261676010.600 ppb
2014-07-22261677010.800 ppb
2015-07-22296994012.00 ppb
2015-07-22296995010.700 ppb
2016-07-21328279011.30 ppb
2016-07-21328280011.40 ppb
2017-07-21364640010.700 ppb
2017-07-21364641010.500 ppb
2018-07-23404228012.40 ppb
2018-07-23404229010.800 ppb
2019-07-22451759012.00 ppb
2019-07-22451758010.900 ppb