EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE



Black River Village

Nitrate, a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff, and discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks. Excessive nitrate in water can cause oxygen deprivation in infants and increase the risk of cancer. Click here to read more about nitrate.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.465 ppm220.0300 ppm - 0.900 ppm
20130.765 ppm220.440 ppm - 1.09 ppm
20140.520 ppm220.0400 ppm - 1.000 ppm
20150.480 ppm220.0800 ppm - 0.880 ppm
20160.415 ppm21ND - 0.830 ppm
20170.350 ppm21ND - 0.700 ppm

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined by EWG . This health guideline protects against cancer and harm to fetal growth and development.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

The legal limit for nitrate, established in 1962, was developed to protect infants from acute methemoglobinemia, a life-threatening disorder of oxygen transport in the body. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer and harm to the developing fetus.

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-10-04EHS1200033615-SR0.900 ppm
2012-10-04EHS1200033617-SR0.0300 ppm
2013-09-06EHS1300029725-011.09 ppm
2013-09-06EHS1300029728-010.440 ppm
2014-12-21EHS1400034054SR10.0400 ppm
2014-12-21EHS1400034049SR11.000 ppm
2015-08-05EHS1500057311-010.0800 ppm
2015-08-05EHS1500057307-010.880 ppm
2016-09-16EHS1600044259NIT0.830 ppm
2017-09-14EHS1700047777-010.700 ppm