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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Thallium

Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District

Thalium is a naturally occurring metal released into the environment from metal smelting and coal burning. Exposure to too much thalium can cause hair loss, liver damage, reduced sperm motility and nervous system impairment.

 

14

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND10ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND30ND
2016ND60ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.1 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for thallium 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 internal organs.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 2 ppb

The legal limit for thallium, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-05-03ND
2012-07-18ND
2013-06-26ND
2015-01-13ND
2015-03-30ND
2015-07-21ND
2016-02-16ND
2016-02-16ND
2016-02-25ND
2016-02-25ND
2016-03-15ND
2016-04-20ND
2017-01-18ND
2017-08-14ND