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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Nitrate and nitrite

Lee County WSC

Nitrate and nitrite enter water from fertilizer runoff, septic tanks and urban runoff. These contaminants can cause oxygen deprivation for infants and increase the risk of cancer. Nitrite is significantly more toxic than nitrate. Click here to read more about nitrate.

 

11

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.0175 ppm43ND - 0.0400 ppm
2013N/A00N/A
20140.0233 ppm330.01000 ppm - 0.0400 ppm
20150.0150 ppm42ND - 0.0400 ppm
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

ppm = parts per million

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.14 ppm

The health guideline of 0.14 parts per million, or ppm, for nitrate and nitrite is based on the equivalent health guideline for nitrate, as defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG. This guideline represents a one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10 ppm

ppm = parts per million

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-11AB773980.0400 ppm
2012-01-11AB774020.01000 ppm
2012-01-11AB774030.0200 ppm
2012-01-11AB77404ND
2014-02-25AC443620.0400 ppm
2014-02-25AC443610.01000 ppm
2014-02-25AC443630.0200 ppm
2015-03-04AC827570.0200 ppm
2015-03-04AC82758ND
2015-03-04AC827560.0400 ppm
2015-06-17AC96307ND