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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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North Benton W/a

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Mississippi State Department of Health, 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.

Utility Details

  • Benton County, Mississippi
  • Serves: 343
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

1

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

over legal limit
THIS UTILITY11.4 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.004 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppb
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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 2,852 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

11.4 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.688 ppb

State Average

0.123 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

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Includes chemicals detected in 2015-2017 for which annual utility averages exceeded the federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL); 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.


Other Contaminants Tested


North Benton W/a compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, North Benton W/a did not comply with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 11 QUARTERS
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2016 to March 2019
  • Over the last 3 years this water utility has spent
    2 QUARTERS
    in significant violation of federal drinking water standards

Information in this section on North Benton W/a 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
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Barium
Chromium (total)
Fluoride

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Filter Out Contaminants

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

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