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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority

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 Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, 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

  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Serves: 152,415
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Surface water

Contaminants Detected

10

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

41 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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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: cancer31x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.123 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 31 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.004 ppb or less

This Utility

0.123 ppb

Legal Limit

10 ppb

National Average

0.688 ppb

State Average

0.4 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

Bromodichloromethane

Potential Effect: cancer142x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY8.54 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.06 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
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Bromodichloromethane

more about
this contaminant

Bromodichloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Bromodichloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Click here to read more about disinfection byproducts.

Bromodichloromethane was found at 142 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.06 ppb or less

This Utility

8.54 ppb

National Average

5.77 ppb

State Average

6.26 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 0.06 ppb for bromodichloromethane was proposed in 2018 by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment 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

Chloroform

Potential Effect: cancer40x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY16.1 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.4 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Chloroform, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Chloroform and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy.

Chloroform was found at 40 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.4 ppb or less

This Utility

16.1 ppb

National Average

15 ppb

State Average

14.2 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 0.4 ppb for chloroform was proposed in 2018 by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment 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

Dibromochloromethane

Potential Effect: cancer45x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY4.55 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Dibromochloromethane

more about
this contaminant

Dibromochloromethane, one of the total trihalomethanes (TTHMs), is formed when chlorine or other disinfectants are used to treat drinking water. Dibromochloromethane and other disinfection byproducts increase the risk of cancer and may cause problems during pregnancy. Click here to read more about disinfection byproducts.

Dibromochloromethane was found at 45 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

4.55 ppb

National Average

3.42 ppb

State Average

3.26 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 0.1 ppb for dibromochloromethane was proposed in 2018 by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment 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

Dichloroacetic acid

Potential Effect: cancer3.2x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2.24 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.7 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Dichloroacetic acid

more about
this contaminant

Dichloroacetic 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.

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

EWG Health Guideline

0.7 ppb or less

This Utility

2.24 ppb

National Average

7.82 ppb

State Average

5.52 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 0.7 ppb for dichloroacetic 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

Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS)

Potential Effect: 68x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY67.7 ppt
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE1 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS)

more about
this contaminant

Perfluorohexane sulfonate is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. 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.

Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS) was found at 68 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

1 ppt or less

This Utility

67.7 ppt

National Average

0.259 ppt

State Average

1.49 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2012-2017.
ppt = parts per trillion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppt for perfluorohexane sulfonate was defined by EWG based on studies by Phillipe Grandjean of Harvard University and many other independent researchers who found reduced effectiveness of vaccines and adverse impacts on mammary gland development from exposure to PFOA and PFOS, the two PFAS most widely detected in drinking water. This health guideline applies to the entire class of PFAS detected in water.

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

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)

Potential Effect: 33x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY32.9 ppt
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE1 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)

more about
this contaminant

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. PFOS 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.

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) was found at 33 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

1 ppt or less

This Utility

32.9 ppt

National Average

0.664 ppt

State Average

0.798 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2012-2017.
ppt = parts per trillion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppt for PFOS was defined by EWG based on studies by Phillipe Grandjean of Harvard University and many other independent researchers who found reduced effectiveness of vaccines and adverse impacts on mammary gland development from exposure to PFOA and PFOS, the two PFAS most widely detected in drinking water. This health guideline applies to the entire class of PFAS detected in water.

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

Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)

Potential Effect: cancer12x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY12.0 ppt
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE1 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 12 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

1 ppt or less

This Utility

12 ppt

National Average

0.283 ppt

State Average

2.12 ppt
NO LEGAL LIMIT
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2012-2017.
ppt = parts per trillion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 1 ppt for PFOA was defined by EWG based on studies by Phillipe Grandjean of Harvard University and many other independent researchers who found reduced effectiveness of vaccines and adverse impacts on mammary gland development from exposure to PFOA and PFOS, the two PFAS most widely detected in drinking water. This health guideline applies to the entire class of PFAS detected in water.

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

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)

Potential Effect: cancer206x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY30.9 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 206 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.15 ppb or less

This Utility

30.9 ppb

Legal Limit

80 ppb

National Average

30.1 ppb

State Average

26.5 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 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

Trichloroacetic acid

Potential Effect: cancer4.1x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2.03 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 4.1 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.5 ppb or less

This Utility

2.03 ppb

National Average

6.38 ppb

State Average

4.73 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


Contaminants detected between 2012 and 2014 and were not part of EPA's UCMR-3 testing program or radiologicals:

Silver, Acetone, Dichloromethane (methylene chloride), Toluene

 

Chemicals tested for but not detected from 2012 to 2017:

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-Dichloropropanone, 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-Butadiene, 1,3-Dichloropropane, 1,4-Dioxane, 1-Chlorobutane, 17-beta-Estradiol, 2,2-Dichloropropane, 2,4,5-T, 2,4,5-TP (Silvex), 2,4-D, 2-Hexanone, 2-Nitropropane, 22'33'45'66'-Octachlorobiphenyl, 3-Hydroxycarbofuran, 4-Androstene-3,17-dione, Acrylonitrile, Alachlor (Lasso), Aldicarb, Aldicarb sulfone, Aldicarb sulfoxide, Aldrin, alpha-Chlordane, Altyl chloride, Antimony, Asbestos, Atrazine, Benzene, Benzo[a]pyrene, Bromobenzene, Bromomethane, Butachlor, Carbaryl, Carbofuran, Carbon tetrachloride, Chlordane, Chloroacetonitrile, Chlorodifluoromethane, Chloroethane, Chloromethane, cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, cis-1,3-Dichloropropene, Combined uranium, Cyanide, Dalapon, DCPA mono- and di-acid degradates, Dicamba, Dichlorodifluoromethane, Dieldrin, Dinoseb, Diquat, Endosulfan I, Endothall, Endrin, Equilin, Estriol, Estrone, Ethinyl estradiol, Ethyl ether, Ethyl methacrylate, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene dibromide, Fluometuron, Glyphosate, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Hexachlorobenzene (HCB), Hexachlorobutadiene, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Hexachloroethane, Iodomethane, Isopropylbenzene, Lindane, m-Dichlorobenzene, Methomyl, Methoxychlor, Methyl acrylonitrile, Methyl isobutyl ketone, Methyl methacrylate, Metolachlor, Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene), n-Butylbenzene, n-Propylbenzene, Naphthalene, Nitrobenzene, o-Chlorotoluene, o-Dichlorobenzene, Oxamyl (Vydate), p-Chlorotoluene, p-Dichlorobenzene, p-Isopropyltoluene, Pentachloroethane, Pentachlorophenol, Perfluorobutane sulfonate (PFBS), Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), Picloram, Propachlor, Propionitrile, Radium, combined (-226 & -228), sec-Butylbenzene, Simazine, Styrene, tert-Butylbenzene, Testosterone, Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), Tetrahydrofuran, Toxaphene, trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, trans-1,3-Dichloropropene, trans-1,4-Dichloro-2-butene, Trichloroethylene, Trichlorofluoromethane, Vinyl chloride, Xylenes (total)

Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority complied with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 3 QUARTERS
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2016 to March 2019

Information in this section on Atlantic City Municipal Utilities Authority comes from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online database (ECHO).

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ContaminantActivated Carbonactivated carbonReverse Osmosisreverse osmosisIon Exchangeion exchange
CONTAMINANTS ABOVE
HEALTH GUIDELINES
Arsenic
Bromodichloromethane
Chloroform
Dibromochloromethane
Dichloroacetic acid
Perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHXS)
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
Trichloroacetic acid
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Aluminum
Barium
Beryllium
Bromochloromethane
Bromoform
Cadmium
Chlorate
Chromium (hexavalent)
Chromium (total)
Cobalt
Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate
Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate
Dibromoacetic acid
Dibromomethane
Fluoride
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Manganese
Mercury (inorganic)
Methyl ethyl ketone
Molybdenum
Monobromoacetic acid
Monochloroacetic acid
MTBE
Nitrate
Nitrate & nitrite
Nitrite
Perfluoroheptanoic acid (PFHPA)
Selenium
Strontium
Thallium
Vanadium

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