EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE



Syracuse City

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
20120.520 ppm110.520 ppm
20130.500 ppm110.500 ppm
20140.510 ppm110.510 ppm
20150.500 ppm110.500 ppm
20160.550 ppm110.550 ppm
20170.430 ppm110.430 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
2012-05-082012 NITRATE SYR0.520 ppm
2013-05-142013 NITRATE SYR0.500 ppm
2014-05-132Q2014 NITRATE S0.510 ppm
2015-05-132015 NITRATE SYR0.500 ppm
2016-05-102Q2016 NITRATE S0.550 ppm
2017-05-102Q2017 NIT SYR0.430 ppm