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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Beryllium

City of Houston

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.

 

108

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND50ND
2013ND120ND
2014ND180ND
2015ND170ND
2016ND290ND
2017ND270ND

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
2012-01-31AB79460ND
2012-02-01AB79700ND
2012-04-10AB86381ND
2012-05-23AB90843ND
2012-07-24AB96031ND
2013-02-25AC11513ND
2013-03-11AC12855ND
2013-06-13AC21981ND
2013-06-13AC21980ND
2013-08-08AC27162ND
2013-08-08AC27158ND
2013-08-08AC27161ND
2013-08-08AC27157ND
2013-08-08AC27160ND
2013-09-24AC31092ND
2013-09-25AC31269ND
2013-10-29AC33587ND
2014-02-03AC41009ND
2014-03-14AC47093ND
2014-03-14AC47094ND
2014-03-14AC47095ND
2014-04-16AC50780ND
2014-04-16AC50781ND
2014-04-17AC51021ND
2014-06-03AC55768ND
2014-06-03AC55769ND
2014-07-15AC59675ND
2014-07-15AC59674ND
2014-07-16AC59810ND
2014-08-14AC63644ND
2014-10-08AC69151ND
2014-10-09AC69343ND
2014-10-09AC69342ND
2014-12-18AC75421ND
2014-12-18AC75424ND
2015-03-04AC82828ND
2015-03-05AC82837ND
2015-06-04AC94569ND
2015-06-04AC94568ND
2015-06-04AC94567ND
2015-06-04AC94566ND
2015-06-04AC94565ND
2015-07-21AD00317ND
2015-07-21AD00315ND
2015-07-21AD00316ND
2015-07-21AD00322ND
2015-07-21AD00320ND
2015-09-17AD07499ND
2015-10-22AD11442ND
2015-10-22AD11445ND
2015-10-22AD11444ND
2015-11-12AD13300ND
2016-02-18AD24198ND
2016-02-18AD24206ND
2016-02-18AD24189ND
2016-02-18AD24207ND
2016-02-18AD24197ND
2016-02-18AD24205ND
2016-03-03AD26825ND
2016-03-16AD28983ND
2016-03-16AD28979ND
2016-03-17AD29296ND
2016-03-17AD29295ND
2016-03-23AD30057ND
2016-03-23AD30059ND
2016-03-23AD30063ND
2016-03-23AD30058ND
2016-06-08AD39687ND
2016-06-08AD39686ND
2016-06-16AD40881ND
2016-06-16AD40876ND
2016-09-20AD50273ND
2016-09-20AD50274ND
2016-09-21AD50631ND
2016-10-06AD52620ND
2016-10-06AD52621ND
2016-10-06AD52624ND
2016-11-18AD58725ND
2016-11-21AD58729ND
2016-11-21AD58730ND
2016-11-21AD58728ND
2017-01-26AD67045ND
2017-01-26AD67054ND
2017-02-28AD72383ND
2017-02-28AD72381ND
2017-03-01AD72708ND
2017-03-01AD72707ND
2017-03-02AD73025ND
2017-03-02AD73018ND
2017-03-28AD77082ND
2017-03-28AD77083ND
2017-03-28AD77081ND
2017-03-28AD77080ND
2017-03-29AD77389ND
2017-03-29AD77385ND
2017-04-26AD81106ND
2017-04-27AD81406ND
2017-04-27AD81407ND
2017-07-06AD88418ND
2017-07-06AD88419ND
2017-07-06AD88420ND
2017-07-25AD90485ND
2017-09-11AD95398ND
2017-09-11AD95394ND
2017-09-26AD97954ND
2017-09-26AD97959ND
2017-09-26AD97955ND
2017-11-07AE03784ND