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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Bryceland 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 Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, 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

  • Bienville Parish, Louisiana
  • Serves: 243
  • Data available: 2014-2019
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

6

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

19 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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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: cancer125x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.500 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 125 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

0.5 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.647 ppb

State Average

0.522 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 kidney13x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.500 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 13 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.04 ppb or less

This Utility

0.5 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.00352 ppb

State Average

0.00572 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

Dibromoacetic acid

Potential Effect: 4.6x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.185 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.04 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
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Dibromoacetic acid

more about
this contaminant

Dibromoacetic acid, one of the group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards, is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Haloacetic acids and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Click here to read more about disinfection byproducts.

Dibromoacetic acid was found at 4.6 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.04 ppb or less

This Utility

0.185 ppb

National Average

1.1 ppb

State Average

1.51 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
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 dibromoacetic acid 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

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)†

Potential Effect: cancer4.9x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.493 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 4.9 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

0.493 ppb

Legal Limit

60 ppb

National Average

17.1 ppb

State Average

16.9 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

Thallium

Potential Effect: harm to internal organs10x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.000 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT2 ppb
DETAILS
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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 10 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

1 ppb

Legal Limit

2 ppb

National Average

0.00374 ppb

State Average

0.00171 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

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)†

Potential Effect: cancer3x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.443 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 3 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.15 ppb or less

This Utility

0.443 ppb

Legal Limit

80 ppb

National Average

29.7 ppb

State Average

28.2 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 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

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


Chemicals tested for but not detected from 2014 to 2019:

1,1,1,2-Tetrachloroethane , 1,1,1-Trichloroethane , 1,1,2,2-Tetrachloroethane , 1,1,2-Trichloroethane , 1,1-Dichloroethane , 1,1-Dichloroethylene , 1,1-Dichloropropene , 1,2,3-Trichlorobenzene , 1,2,3-Trichloropropane , 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene , 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene , 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP) , 1,2-Dichloroethane , 1,2-Dichloropropane , 1,3,5-Trimethylbenzene , 1,3-Dichloropropane , 1,3-Dichloropropene , 2,2-Dichloropropane , 2,4,5-TP (Silvex) , 2,4-D , Alachlor (Lasso) , Aldicarb , Aldicarb sulfone , Aldicarb sulfoxide , Aluminum , Atrazine , Benzene , Benzo[a]pyrene , Beryllium , Bromobenzene , Bromochloromethane , Bromomethane , Carbofuran , Carbon tetrachloride , Chlordane , Chloroethane , Chloromethane , cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene , Combined uranium , Cyanide , Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate , Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate , Dibromomethane , Dichlorodifluoromethane , Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) , Dinoseb , Diquat , Endothall , Endrin , Ethylbenzene , Ethylene dibromide , Glyphosate , Heptachlor , Heptachlor epoxide , Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) , Hexachlorobutadiene , Hexachlorocyclopentadiene , Isopropylbenzene , Lindane , m-Dichlorobenzene , Mercury (inorganic) , Methomyl , Methoxychlor , Monobromoacetic acid , Monochloroacetic acid , Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene) , n-Butylbenzene , n-Propylbenzene , Naphthalene , Nitrate & nitrite , o-Chlorotoluene , o-Dichlorobenzene , Oxamyl (Vydate) , p-Chlorotoluene , p-Dichlorobenzene , p-Isopropyltoluene , Picloram , Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) , Radium, combined (-226 & -228) , sec-Butylbenzene , Selenium , Silver , Simazine , Styrene , tert-Butylbenzene , Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) , Toluene , Toxaphene , trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene , Trichloroethylene , Trichlorofluoromethane , Vinyl chloride , Xylenes (total)

Bryceland Water System compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2019 to March 2021, Bryceland Water System complied with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 8 QUARTERS
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2019 to March 2021

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

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CONTAMINANTS ABOVE
HEALTH GUIDELINES
Arsenic
Cadmium
Dibromoacetic acid
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Thallium
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Antimony
Barium
Bromodichloromethane
Bromoform
Chloroform
Chromium (total)
Dalapon
Dibromochloromethane
Dichloroacetic acid
Fluoride
Manganese
Pentachlorophenol
Trichloroacetic acid

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