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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Fern Crest Utilities Inc.

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 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility Details

  • Ft Lauderdale, Florida
  • Serves: 4,643
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

7

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Arsenic

Potential Effect: cancer250x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.000 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.004 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppb
DETAILS
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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 250 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

1 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.682 ppb

State Average

0.515 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
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 kidney4.2x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.167 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.04 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT5 ppb
DETAILS
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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 4.2 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.04 ppb or less

This Utility

0.167 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.00335 ppb

State Average

0.00797 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
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: 112x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY11.2 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT60 ppb
DETAILS
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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 112 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

11.2 ppb

Legal Limit

60 ppb

National Average

17.2 ppb

State Average

19.3 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
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 on-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

Radium, combined (-226 & -228)

Potential Effect: cancer11x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.53 pCi/L
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.05 pCi/L
LEGAL LIMIT5 pCi/L
DETAILS
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Radium, combined (-226 & -228)

more about
this contaminant

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 11 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.05 pCi/L or less

This Utility

0.53 pCi/L

Legal Limit

5 pCi/L

National Average

0.47 pCi/L

State Average

0.59 pCi/L
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2012-2017.
pCi/L = picocuries per liter

Health Risks

EWG 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.

Pollution Sources

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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

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Potential Effect: cancer47x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY7.10 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.15 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT80 ppb
DETAILS
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Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

more about
this contaminant

Trihalomethanes are cancer-causing contaminants that form during water treatment with chlorine and other disinfectants. The total trihalomethanes group includes four chemicals: chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane and bromoform.

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) was found at 47 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.15 ppb or less

This Utility

7.1 ppb

Legal Limit

80 ppb

National Average

30.1 ppb

State Average

33.5 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The health guideline of 0.15 parts per billion, or ppb, for the group of four trihalomethanes, or THM4/TTHM, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-one-million lifetime cancer risk level.

Pollution Sources

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Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Toxaphene

Potential Effect: cancer9.5x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.285 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.03 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT3 ppb
DETAILS
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Toxaphene is a neurotoxic, persistent and bioaccumulative insecticide classified by the EPA as a probable human carcinogen.

Toxaphene was found at 9.5 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.03 ppb or less

This Utility

0.285 ppb

Legal Limit

3 ppb

National Average

ppb

State Average

0.000711 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.03 ppb for toxaphene 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

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Vinyl chloride

Potential Effect: cancer2.6x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.130 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.05 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT2 ppb
DETAILS
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Vinyl chloride is a known human carcinogen used for production of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics. Discharges from plastics manufacturing can contaminate drinking water with vinyl chloride.

Vinyl chloride was found at 2.6 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.05 ppb or less

This Utility

0.13 ppb

Legal Limit

2 ppb

National Average

0.0014 ppb

State Average

0.00245 ppb
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.05 ppb for vinyl chloride 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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Industry

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Runoff & Sprawl

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

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.


Other Contaminants Tested


Chemicals tested for but not detected from 2012 to 2017:

2,3,7,8-TCDD (Dioxin), Asbestos

Fern Crest Utilities Inc. compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, Fern Crest Utilities Inc. complied with health-based drinking water standards.

Information in this section on Fern Crest Utilities Inc. comes from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online database (ECHO).

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Water Filters That Can Reduce Contaminant Levels

ContaminantActivated Carbonactivated carbonReverse Osmosisreverse osmosisIon Exchangeion exchange
CONTAMINANTS ABOVE
HEALTH GUIDELINES
Arsenic
Cadmium
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
Toxaphene
Vinyl chloride
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
1,1,1-Trichloroethane
1,1,2-Trichloroethane
1,1-Dichloroethylene
1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene
1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)
1,2-Dichloroethane
1,2-Dichloropropane
2,4,5-TP (Silvex)
2,4-D
Alachlor (Lasso)
Aluminum
Antimony
Atrazine
Barium
Benzene
Benzo[a]pyrene
Beryllium
Carbofuran
Carbon tetrachloride
Chlordane
Chromium (total)
cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene
Cyanide
Dalapon
Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)
Dinoseb
Diquat
Endothall
Endrin
Ethylbenzene
Ethylene dibromide
Fluoride
Glyphosate
Heptachlor
Heptachlor epoxide
Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)
Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
Lindane
Manganese
Mercury (inorganic)
Methoxychlor
Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene)
Nitrate
Nitrite
o-Dichlorobenzene
Oxamyl (Vydate)
p-Dichlorobenzene
Pentachlorophenol
Picloram
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
Selenium
Silver
Simazine
Styrene
Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
Thallium
Toluene
trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene
Trichloroethylene
Uranium, combined (pCi/L)
Xylenes (total)

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