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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ashebrook Park

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, 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

  • Gastonia, North Carolina
  • Serves: 239
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

5

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Chlordane

Potential Effect: cancer8x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.241 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.03 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT2 ppb
DETAILS
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The cancer-causing pesticide chlordane was banned in 1988. Chlordane is persistent and accumulates in the body. It is still found in the environment and in the bodies of adults and newborn babies.

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

EWG Health Guideline

0.03 ppb or less

This Utility

0.241 ppb

Legal Limit

2 ppb

National Average

0.000274 ppb

State Average

0.000166 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 chlordane 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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Runoff & Sprawl

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Heptachlor epoxide

Potential Effect: cancer16x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.0934 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.006 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT0.2 ppb
DETAILS
X

Heptachlor epoxide

more about
this contaminant

Heptachlor epoxide is a breakdown product of heptachlor, a highly toxic and carcinogenic pesticide banned in the U.S. since the 1980s.

Heptachlor epoxide was found at 16 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.006 ppb or less

This Utility

0.0934 ppb

Legal Limit

0.2 ppb

National Average

ppb

State Average

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 0.006 ppb for heptachlor epoxide 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

Nitrate

Potential Effect: cancer44x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY6.21 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 44 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.14 ppm or less

This Utility

6.21 ppm

Legal Limit

10 ppm

National Average

0.938 ppm

State Average

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

Nitrate and nitrite

Potential Effect: cancer52x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY7.21 ppm
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.14 ppm
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppm
DETAILS
X

Nitrate and nitrite

more about
this contaminant

Nitrate and nitrite enter water from fertilizer runoff, septic tanks and urban runoff. These contaminants can cause oxygen deprivation for infants and increase the risk of cancer. Nitrite is significantly more toxic than nitrate. Click here to read more about nitrate.

Nitrate and nitrite was found at 52 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.14 ppm or less

This Utility

7.21 ppm

Legal Limit

10 ppm

National Average

0.889 ppm

State Average

0.131 ppm
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppm = parts per million

Health Risks

The health guideline of 0.14 parts per million, or ppm, for nitrate and nitrite is based on the equivalent health guideline for nitrate, as defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG. This guideline represents a one-in-one-million annual cancer risk level.

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

Uranium

Potential Effect: cancer14x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY5.99 pCi/L
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.43 pCi/L
LEGAL LIMIT20 pCi/L
DETAILS
X

Uranium is a known human carcinogen. The federal legal limit for uranium is set at 30 micrograms per liter (corresponding to parts per billion), but utilities can also report uranium in picocuries per liter (pCi/L), which is a measure of radioactivity in water. EWG translated all uranium results to pCi/L using a conversion factor developed by the EPA. With this conversion approach, the limit of 30 ppb corresponds to 20 pCi/L. Drinking water with this much uranium would cause more than 4.6 cancer cases in a population of 100,000. California set a public health goal for uranium of 0.43 pCi/L.

Uranium was found at 14 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.43 pCi/L or less

This Utility

5.99 pCi/L

Legal Limit

20 pCi/L

National Average

1.1 pCi/L

State Average

0.06 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

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.43 pCi/L for uranium 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. Three most common uranium isotopes are U-234, U-235 and U-238. All isotopes of uranium are radioactive, and the total radioactivity depends on the ratio of isotopes. 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

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


Ashebrook Park compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, Ashebrook Park complied with health-based drinking water standards.

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

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CONTAMINANTS ABOVE
HEALTH GUIDELINES
Chlordane
Heptachlor epoxide
Nitrate
Nitrate & nitrite
Uranium, combined (pCi/L)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Fluoride

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