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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Mercury (inorganic)

Pennsylvania American Royersford

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that also damages the kidneys and other internal organs. Mercury enters drinking water from industrial pollution, mining wastes and coal-fired power plants.

 

15

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND60ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND50ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND10ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1.2 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1.2 ppb for mercury (inorganic) 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 harm to internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2 ppb

The legal limit for inorganic mercury, established in 1991, was based on toxicity studies conducted in laboratory animals in the 1970s and 1980s. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-1017211501ND
2012-08-0718201301ND
2012-08-0718201601ND
2012-08-0718201701ND
2012-08-0718201801ND
2012-08-0718895301ND
2013-08-0823076901ND
2014-08-1226516801ND
2015-08-0613131563ND
2015-08-0613131577ND
2015-08-0613131590ND
2015-08-0613131550ND
2015-09-1613260293ND
2016-08-0414730035ND
2017-08-1516560904ND