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Beryllium

Philadelphia Water Department

Beryllium is a toxic metal that is both naturally occurring and released into the environment from industrial pollution and incineration. Beryllium can damage lungs, bones and the digestive system.

 

63

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013ND120ND
2014ND120ND
2015ND120ND
2016ND120ND
2017ND120ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppb for beryllium 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 the stomach and intestines.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 4 ppb

The legal limit for beryllium, established in 1992, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals published in 1970. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-10-02DW121002-003ND
2012-10-02DW121002-000ND
2012-10-02DW121002-001ND
2013-01-08DW130108-000ND
2013-01-08DW130108-003ND
2013-01-08DW130108-001ND
2013-04-09DW130409-001ND
2013-04-09DW130409-003ND
2013-04-09DW130409-002ND
2013-07-09DW130709-001ND
2013-07-09DW130709-003ND
2013-07-09DW130709-002ND
2013-10-08DW131008-002ND
2013-10-08DW131008-001ND
2013-10-08DW131008-003ND
2014-01-07DW140107-002ND
2014-01-07DW140107-001ND
2014-01-07DW140107-003ND
2014-04-08DW140408-002ND
2014-04-08DW140408-001ND
2014-04-08DW140408-003ND
2014-07-08DW140708-002ND
2014-07-08DW140708-001ND
2014-07-08DW140708-004ND
2014-10-07DW141007-013ND
2014-10-07DW141007-040ND
2014-10-07DW141007-021ND
2015-01-0612292005ND
2015-01-0612292003ND
2015-01-0612292004ND
2015-04-0712637804ND
2015-04-0712637805ND
2015-04-0712637806ND
2015-07-0713017888ND
2015-07-0713017889ND
2015-07-0713017890ND
2015-10-0613394071ND
2015-10-0613394070ND
2015-10-0613394072ND
2016-01-0513758205ND
2016-01-0513758204ND
2016-01-0513758203ND
2016-04-0514109309ND
2016-04-0514109308ND
2016-04-0514109310ND
2016-07-1214577170ND
2016-07-1214577172ND
2016-07-1214577171ND
2016-10-0415082285ND
2016-10-0415082287ND
2016-10-0415082286ND
2017-01-1015523195ND
2017-01-1015523196ND
2017-01-1015523194ND
2017-04-0415944747ND
2017-04-0415944748ND
2017-04-0415944746ND
2017-07-1116420519ND
2017-07-1116420518ND
2017-07-1116420520ND
2017-10-0316886163ND
2017-10-0316886162ND
2017-10-0316886161ND