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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Little Brook Nursing Hom

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 2021 - March 2021), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility Details

  • Lebanon Twp., New Jersey
  • Serves: 36
  • Data available: 2014-2019
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

5

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Cadmium

Potential Effect: harm to the kidney2.5x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.101 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.04 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT5 ppb
DETAILS
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Cadmium is a toxic metal found in food and drinking water. It has been linked to kidney toxicity, bone damage, cancer, and damage to developing fetuses.

Cadmium was found at 2.5 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.04 ppb or less

This Utility

0.101 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.00352 ppb

State Average

0.00379 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 0.04 ppb for cadmium 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 harm to internal organs.

Pollution Sources

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Industry

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Runoff & Sprawl

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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

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Ion Exchange

Manganese

Potential Effect: harm to the brain and nervous system16x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1,616.7 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE100 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Manganese is a naturally occurring element that is common in food and drinking water. Excessive manganese exposures may impair children's attention, memory and intellectual capacity. Click here to read more about manganese.

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

EWG Health Guideline

100 ppb or less

This Utility

1,616.7 ppb

National Average

10.1 ppb

State Average

8.92 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
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 100 ppb for manganese was defined by the state of Minnesota as a health risk limit, the concentration of a contaminant that can be consumed with little or no risk to health. This health guideline protects against harm to the brain and nervous system.

Pollution Sources

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Industry

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Naturally Occurring

Filtering Options

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Ion Exchange

Nitrate

Potential Effect: cancer13x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY1.76 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 13 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.14 ppm or less

This Utility

1.76 ppm

Legal Limit

10 ppm

National Average

0.935 ppm

State Average

0.963 ppm
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2019.
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

Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)

Potential Effect: 20x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY20.3 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 20 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

1 ppt or less

This Utility

20.3 ppt

National Average

0.908 ppt

State Average

2.2 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 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: cancer3,429x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY24.0 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 3,429 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.007 ppt or less

This Utility

24 ppt

National Average

1.15 ppt

State Average

2.97 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

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.


Other Contaminants Tested


Little Brook Nursing Hom compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2019 to March 2021, Little Brook Nursing Hom complied with health-based drinking water standards.
  • Exceeded EPA's Lead Action Level in the last five years:
    YES
  • 10 QUARTERS
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2019 to March 2021

Information in this section on Little Brook Nursing Hom 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
Cadmium
Manganese
Nitrate
Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Aluminum
Barium
Chromium (total)
Selenium
Silver
Thallium

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