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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Selenium

City of Columbia

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.

 

13

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
2017ND30ND

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
2012-02-06AD02307ND
2012-02-06AD02308ND
2013-01-30AD19088ND
2013-01-30AD19089ND
2014-01-15AD34535ND
2014-01-15AD34536ND
2015-01-15AD50348ND
2015-01-15AD50347ND
2016-01-13AD69192ND
2016-01-13AD69191ND
2017-01-17AD88356ND
2017-03-07AD90717ND
2017-08-02AD98392ND