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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Annawood Subdivision

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, 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 compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility Details

  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Serves: 115
  • Data available: 2014-2019
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

6

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

12 Total Contaminants

  • Legal does not necessarily equal safe. Getting a passing grade from the federal government does not mean the water meets the latest health guidelines.
  • Legal limits for contaminants in tap water have not been updated in almost 20 years.
  • The best way to ensure clean tap water is to keep pollution out of source water in the first place.

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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.

Contaminants Detected

Antimony

Potential Effect: harm to the stomach and intestines2.2x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2.20 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT6 ppb
DETAILS
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Antimony is a naturally occurring metal that enters tap water from plumbing fittings and also from industrial uses, such as production of metal alloys, batteries and plastics. Antimony causes organ damage and shortens lifespans in studies of laboratory animals.

Antimony was found at 2.2 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

1 ppb or less

This Utility

2.2 ppb

Legal Limit

6 ppb

National Average

0.0154 ppb

State Average

0.0394 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppb for antimony 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 change to the stomach and intestines.

Pollution Sources

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Industry

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Runoff & Sprawl

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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Reverse Osmosis

Arsenic

Potential Effect: cancer275x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.10 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.004 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppb
DETAILS
X

Arsenic is a potent carcinogen and common contaminant in drinking water. Arsenic causes thousands of cases of cancer each year in the U.S. Click here to read more about arsenic.

Arsenic was found at 275 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

1.1 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.647 ppb

State Average

0.467 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.004 ppb for arsenic 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 cancer.

Pollution Sources

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Agriculture

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Industry

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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Reverse Osmosis

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Ion Exchange

Cadmium

Potential Effect: harm to the kidney20x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.800 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.04 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT5 ppb
DETAILS
X

Cadmium is a toxic metal found in food and drinking water. It has been linked to kidney toxicity, bone damage, cancer, and damage to developing fetuses.

Cadmium was found at 20 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.04 ppb or less

This Utility

0.8 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.00352 ppb

State Average

0.00935 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.04 ppb for cadmium 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.

Pollution Sources

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Industry

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Runoff & Sprawl

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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

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Ion Exchange

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)†

Potential Effect: cancer11x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.05 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT60 ppb
DETAILS
X

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)

more about
this contaminant

Haloacetic acids are formed when disinfectants such as chlorine are added to tap water. The group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid.

Haloacetic acids (HAA5) was found at 11 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

1.05 ppb

Legal Limit

60 ppb

National Average

17.1 ppb

State Average

19.4 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.1 ppb for the group of five haloacetic acids, or HAA5, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-a-million lifetime cancer risk level. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Pollution Sources

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Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Nitrate

Potential Effect: cancer7.3x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.02 ppm
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.14 ppm
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppm
DETAILS
X

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 7.3 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.14 ppm or less

This Utility

1.02 ppm

Legal Limit

10 ppm

National Average

0.935 ppm

State Average

0.269 ppm
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
ppm = parts per million

Health Risks

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.

Pollution Sources

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Agriculture

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Runoff & Sprawl

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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Reverse Osmosis

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Ion Exchange

Thallium

Potential Effect: harm to internal organs8x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.800 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT2 ppb
DETAILS
X

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.

Thallium was found at 8 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

0.8 ppb

Legal Limit

2 ppb

National Average

0.00374 ppb

State Average

0.00927 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

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.

Pollution Sources

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Industry

Filtering Options

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Reverse Osmosis

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Ion Exchange

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.



† HAA5 is a contaminant group that includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid. HAA9 is a contaminant group that includes the chemicals in HAA5 and bromochloroacetic acid, bromodichloroacetic acid, chlorodibromoacetic acid and tribromoacetic acid. TTHM is a contaminant group that includes bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloroform and dibromochloromethane.

Other Contaminants Tested


Annawood Subdivision compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2019 to March 2021, Annawood Subdivision complied with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 1 QUARTER
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2019 to March 2021

Information in this section on Annawood Subdivision comes from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online database (ECHO).

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Water Filters That Can Reduce Contaminant Levels

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CONTAMINANTS ABOVE
HEALTH GUIDELINES
Antimony
Arsenic
Cadmium
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Nitrate
Thallium
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Barium
Chromium (total)
Fluoride
Manganese
Selenium
Silver

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Check out our recommendations for filters to protect your water against the detected contaminants.

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