Minto Community 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 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in serious violation federal health-based drinking water standards.
- Minto, Alaska
- Serves: 205
- Data available: 2012—2017
- 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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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.
NitratePotential Effect: cancer4.9x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
Nitrate, a fertilizer chemical, frequently contaminates drinking water due to agricultural and urban runoff, and discharges from municipal wastewater treatment plants and septic tanks. Excessive nitrate in water can cause oxygen deprivation in infants and increase the risk of cancer. Click here to read more about nitrate.
Nitrate was found at 4.9 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
EWG Health Guideline
ppm = parts per million
The EWG Health Guideline of 0.14 ppm for nitrate was defined by EWG . This health guideline protects against cancer and harm to fetal growth and development.
Runoff & Sprawl
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)Potential Effect: cancer21x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
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.
Radium, combined (-226 & -228) was found at 21 times above EWG's Health Guideline.
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 2015-2017 for which annual utility averages exceeded an EWG-selected health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority; radiological contaminants detected between 2012 and 2017.
Toluene is a volatile solvent that harms the nervous and immune systems, damages the liver and may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
How your levels compare
EWG Health Guideline
ppb = parts per billion
The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for toluene 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.
Includes chemicals detected in 2015-2017 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✕
Contaminants detected between 2012 and 2014 and were not part of EPA's UCMR-3 testing program or radiologicals:
Chemicals tested for but not detected from 2012 to 2017:
1,1,1-Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene, 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,2-Dichloropropane, Antimony, Benzene, Beryllium, Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Cadmium, Carbon tetrachloride, Chloroform, cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Cyanide, Dibromoacetic acid, Dibromochloromethane, Dichloroacetic acid, Dichloromethane (methylene chloride), Ethylbenzene, Haloacetic acids (HAA5), Mercury (inorganic), Monobromoacetic acid, Monochloroacetic acid, Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene), Nitrate & nitrite, o-Dichlorobenzene, p-Dichlorobenzene, Styrene, Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), Thallium, Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Trichloroacetic acid, Trichloroethylene, Vinyl chloride, Xylenes (total)
Minto Community Water System compliance with legally mandated federal standards:
- From April 2016 to March 2019, Minto Community Water System did not comply with health-based drinking water standards.
- 12 QUARTERSin violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2016 to March 2019
- Over the last 3 years this water utility has spent 10 QUARTERSin significant violation of federal drinking water standards
Information in this section on Minto Community 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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