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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate

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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.

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

5

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.748 ppm110.748 ppm
2013ND10ND
20140.550 ppm110.550 ppm
20150.740 ppm110.740 ppm
20160.600 ppm110.600 ppm
20170.780 ppm110.780 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
2012-08-1612273380.748 ppm
2013-08-151335825ND
2014-07-2820203360010.550 ppm
2015-07-28130645530.740 ppm
2016-08-09148070690.600 ppm
2017-07-11164758300.780 ppm