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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Selenium

Pennsylvania American Water Pittsburgh

Selenium is an essential element in diets. But too much selenium can decrease thyroid hormone production and cause hair loss, skin lesions and brittle fingernails.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 30 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 30 ppb for selenium 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 hair loss and nail damage.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 50 ppb

The legal limit for selenium, established in 1991, was based on human epidemiological studies of populations exposed to naturally occurring selenium in drinking water. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-0415601501ND
2012-01-0415596901ND
2013-01-0720735001ND
2013-01-1020735601ND
2014-01-0824419701ND
2014-01-0924420401ND
2015-01-0512344339ND
2015-01-0612344393ND
2016-01-0413812706ND
2016-01-1113812720ND
2017-01-0415587626ND
2017-01-0415587516ND