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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Freedom Village Condos

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, 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

  • Freedom, New Hampshire
  • Serves: 165
  • Data available: 2014-2019
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

5

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

13 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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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: cancer150x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.600 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 150 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

0.6 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.647 ppb

State Average

0.414 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

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Potential Effect: cancer316x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2.22 ppt
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.007 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

more about
this contaminant

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. PFOA and other perfluorinated chemicals can cause serious health effects, including cancer, endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, and thyroid changes. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and they accumulate in people. Click here to read more about perfluorinated chemicals.

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) was found at 316 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.007 ppt or less

This Utility

2.22 ppt

National Average

1.15 ppt

State Average

3.2 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2013-2019.
ppt = parts per trillion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.007 ppt for PFOA was proposed by 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

Radium, combined (-226 & -228)

Potential Effect: cancer72x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY3.62 pCi/L
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.05 pCi/L
LEGAL LIMIT5 pCi/L
DETAILS
X

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 72 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.05 pCi/L or less

This Utility

3.62 pCi/L

Legal Limit

5 pCi/L

National Average

0.46 pCi/L

State Average

0.62 pCi/L
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2014-2019.
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

Radon

Potential Effect: cancer1,362x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2,043.00 pCi/L
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE1.5 pCi/L
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from soil and groundwater, and causes lung cancer. Highest exposures come from radon entering a house through its basement or crawl spaces, or from it volatilizing in the water.

Radon was found at 1,362 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

1.5 pCi/L or less

This Utility

2,043 pCi/L

National Average

153.68 pCi/L

State Average

1,400.55 pCi/L
NO LEGAL LIMIT
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2014-2019.
pCi/L = picocuries per liter

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 1.5 pCi/L for radon 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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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Uranium

Potential Effect: cancer13x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY5.79 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 13 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.43 pCi/L or less

This Utility

5.79 pCi/L

Legal Limit

20 pCi/L

National Average

1.04 pCi/L

State Average

0.28 pCi/L
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2014-2019.
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 2017-2019 for which annual utility averages exceeded an EWG-selected health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority; radiological contaminants detected between 2014 and 2019.


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 , 1,2,3-trimethylbenzene (hemellitol) , 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 , 1,4-Dioxane , 2,2-Dichloropropane , 2,4,5-TP (Silvex) , 2,4-D , 2-Hexanone , 3-Hydroxycarbofuran , Acetone , Alachlor (Lasso) , Aldicarb , Aldicarb sulfone , Aldicarb sulfoxide , Aldrin , Aluminum , Antimony , Atrazine , Baygon (Propoxur) , Benzene , Benzo[a]pyrene , Beryllium , Bromobenzene , Bromochloromethane , Bromodichloromethane , Bromoform , Bromomethane , Butachlor , Cadmium , Carbaryl , Carbofuran , Carbon tetrachloride , Chlordane , Chloroethane , Chloroform , Chloromethane , cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene , cis-1,3-Dichloropropene , Cyanide , Dalapon , Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate , Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate , Dibromochloromethane , Dibromomethane , Dicamba , Dichlorodifluoromethane , Dichloromethane (methylene chloride) , Dieldrin , Dinoseb , Diquat , Endrin , Ethyl ether , Ethyl tert-butyl ether , Ethylbenzene , Ethylene dibromide , Glyphosate , Heptachlor , Heptachlor epoxide , Hexachlorobenzene (HCB) , Hexachlorobutadiene , Hexachlorocyclopentadiene , Hexachloroethane , Hydrogen sulfide , Isopropyl ether , Isopropylbenzene , Lindane , m-Dichlorobenzene , Methiocarb , Methomyl , Methoxychlor , Methyl ethyl ketone , Methyl isobutyl ketone , Metolachlor , Metribuzin , Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene) , MTBE , n-Butylbenzene , n-Propylbenzene , Naphthalene , Nitrate , Nitrite , Nitrobenzene , o-Chlorotoluene , o-Dichlorobenzene , Oxamyl (Vydate) , p-Chlorotoluene , p-Dichlorobenzene , p-Isopropyltoluene , Pentachlorophenol , Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS) , Perfluorobutanoic acid (PFBA) , Perfluorodecanesulfonic acid (PFDS) , Perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA) , Perfluorododecanoic acid (PFDoA) , Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHPA) , Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) , Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) , Perfluorooctanesulfonamide (PFOSA) , Perfluorotetradecanoic acid (PFTA) , Perfluorotridecanoic acid (PFTrDA) , Perfluoroundecanoic acid (PFUnA) , Picloram , Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) , Propachlor , sec-Butylbenzene , Selenium , Silver , Simazine , Styrene , tert-Amyl methyl ether , tert-Butyl alcohol , tert-Butylbenzene , Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) , Tetrahydrofuran , Thallium , Toluene , Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) , Toxaphene , trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene , trans-1,3-Dichloropropene , Trichloroethylene , Trichlorofluoromethane , Vinyl chloride , Xylenes (total)

Freedom Village Condos compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2019 to March 2021, Freedom Village Condos complied with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 1 QUARTER
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2019 to March 2021

Information in this section on Freedom Village Condos 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
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)
Radon
Uranium, combined (pCi/L)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Barium
Chromium (total)
Fluoride
Manganese
Mercury (inorganic)
Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS)
Perfluorohexanoic Acid (PFHxA)
Perfluoropentanoic acid (PFPeA)

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