Saint George Water System
EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2021 - March 2021), tap water provided by this water utility was in serious violation federal health-based drinking water standards.
- Saint George, Alaska
- Serves: 92
- Data available: 2014-2019
- Source: Groundwater
Legal ≠ Safe
EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.
The federal government’s legal limits are not health-protective. The EPA has not set a new tap water standard in almost 20 years, and some standards are more than 40 years old.
Nitrate and nitritePotential Effect: cancer3.1x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
Nitrate and nitritemore about
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.
Nitrate and nitrite was found at 3.1 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
EWG Health Guideline
ppm = parts per million
Health RisksThe 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.
Runoff & Sprawl
Includes chemicals detected in 2017-2019 for which annual utility averages exceeded an EWG-selected health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority.
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)more about
Radium is a radioactive element that causes bone cancer and other cancers. It can occur naturally in groundwater, and oil and gas extraction activities such as hydraulic fracturing can elevate concentrations.
How your levels compare
EWG Health Guideline
pCi/L = picocuries per liter
Health RisksEWG applied the health guideline of 0.05 pCi/L, defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal for radium-226, to radium-226 and radium-228 combined. This health guideline protects against cancer.
Includes chemicals detected in 2017-2019 for which annual utility averages were lower than an EWG-selected health guideline established by a federal or state public health authori.
Other Contaminants Tested✕
Saint George Water System compliance with legally mandated federal standards:
- From April 2019 to March 2021, Saint George Water System did not comply with health-based drinking water standards.
- 12 QUARTERSin violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2019 to March 2021
- Over the last 3 years this water utility has spent 11 QUARTERSin significant violation of federal drinking water standards
Information in this section on Saint George Water System comes from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online database (ECHO).LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS UTILITY
Water Filters That Can Reduce Contaminant Levels
|Contaminant||Activated Carbon||Reverse Osmosis||Ion Exchange|
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|Radium, combined (-226 & -228)||✔||✔|
Contact Your Local Official
One of the best ways to push for cleaner water is to hold accountable the elected officials who have a say in water quality – from city hall and the state legislature to Congress all the way to the Oval Office – by asking questions and demanding answers.LEARN MORE
Filter Out Contaminants
Check out our recommendations for filters to protect your water against the detected contaminants.EWG’S WATER FILTER GUIDE