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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Shade Tree Acres

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

  • Faith, North Carolina
  • Serves: 28
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

2

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Carbon tetrachloride

Potential Effect: cancer4.5x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.450 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT5 ppb
DETAILS
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Carbon tetrachloride

more about
this contaminant

Carbon tetrachloride, a volatile carcinogenic solvent, has been used in industrial chemical production and as a dry cleaning ingredient.

Carbon tetrachloride was found at 4.5 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

0.45 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.00184 ppb

State Average

0.00177 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 carbon tetrachloride 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

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Trichloroacetic acid

Potential Effect: cancer3.2x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.60 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.5 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Trichloroacetic acid

more about
this contaminant

Trichloroacetic 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.

Trichloroacetic acid was found at 3.2 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.5 ppb or less

This Utility

1.6 ppb

National Average

6.38 ppb

State Average

8.88 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
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 0.5 ppb for trichloroacetic acid was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

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 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


Shade Tree Acres compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, Shade Tree Acres complied with health-based drinking water standards.

Information in this section on Shade Tree Acres 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
Carbon tetrachloride
Trichloroacetic acid
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Dichloroacetic acid
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)

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Contact Your Local Official

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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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