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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Arsenic

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Arsenic is a potent carcinogen and common contaminant in drinking water. Arsenic causes thousands of cases of cancer each year in the U.S. Click here to read more about arsenic.

 

10

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

3

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
20132.66 ppb52ND - 7.50 ppb
20144.15 ppb21ND - 8.30 ppb
2015ND30ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.004 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppb

The legal limit for arsenic, established in 2001, was based on costs for arsenic removal, as calculated at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to arsenic exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-03-25527806ND
2013-03-255278075.80 ppb
2013-05-06528810ND
2013-05-065288117.50 ppb
2013-06-03529532ND
2014-03-115359168.30 ppb
2014-03-11535917ND
2015-04-01543067ND
2015-04-01543068ND
2015-11-16547340ND