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Nitrate

St. Luke Lutheran Community - Portage La

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.

 

7

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2010ND20ND
2011ND10ND
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND10ND

ppm = parts per million.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The health guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and corresponds to one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

ppm = parts per million.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppm = parts per million.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)10 ppm

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppm = parts per million.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2010-03-017724ND
2010-11-09109060-01ND
2011-10-1811-18587-01ND
2012-10-2312-23563-01ND
2013-10-1513-23971-01ND
2014-10-2114-24486-01ND
2015-10-1315-25043-01ND