EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE



West Wise Special Utility District

Cyanide is a toxic chemical that causes central nervous system and thyroid toxicity. Water contamination is generally the result of metal mining and chemical industry waste, runoff from agriculture and road salts used for melting ice.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
201490.3 ppb1190.3 ppb
201567.3 ppb1167.3 ppb
2016184.0 ppb11184.0 ppb
201746.6 ppb1146.6 ppb

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 150 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for cyanide 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 brain and nervous system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 200 ppb

The legal limit for cyanide, established in 1992, was based on a 1955 toxicity study conducted in laboratory animals. This limit does not include any additional consideration of children’s health.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-03-19Q140900100690.3 ppb
2015-03-23Q151086100467.3 ppb
2016-03-17Q1611140003184.0 ppb
2017-02-27Q170832400346.6 ppb