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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Picnic Grove Mobile Homes

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

  • Pittsgrove Twp., New Jersey
  • Serves: 250
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

5

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Benzene

Potential Effect: cancer5.7x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.861 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.15 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT5 ppb
DETAILS
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Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene.

Benzene was found at 5.7 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.15 ppb or less

This Utility

0.861 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.000809 ppb

State Average

0.000299 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 0.15 ppb for benzene 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

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Runoff & Sprawl

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Mercury (inorganic)

over legal limit
THIS UTILITY2.10 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE1.2 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT2 ppb
DETAILS
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Mercury (inorganic)

more about
this contaminant

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin that also damages the kidneys and other internal organs. Mercury enters drinking water from industrial pollution, mining wastes and coal-fired power plants.

How your levels compare

EWG Health Guideline

1.2 ppb or less

This Utility

2.1 ppb

Legal Limit

2 ppb

National Average

0.00217 ppb

State Average

0.0133 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 1.2 ppb for mercury (inorganic) 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

Nitrate

Potential Effect: cancer6.4x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.897 ppm
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.14 ppm
LEGAL LIMIT10 ppm
DETAILS
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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 6.4 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.14 ppm or less

This Utility

0.897 ppm

Legal Limit

10 ppm

National Average

0.937 ppm

State Average

1.11 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

Radium, combined (-226 & -228)

Potential Effect: cancer48x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2.38 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 48 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.05 pCi/L or less

This Utility

2.38 pCi/L

Legal Limit

5 pCi/L

National Average

0.47 pCi/L

State Average

0.68 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

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

Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

Potential Effect: cancer6.7x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.405 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.06 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT5 ppb
DETAILS
X

Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)

more about
this contaminant

Dry cleaning chemical tetrachloroethylene, or perc, can cause cancer. It pollutes soil and groundwater due to emissions from dry cleaning facilities, and automotive, metalworking and other industries.

Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene) was found at 6.7 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.06 ppb or less

This Utility

0.405 ppb

Legal Limit

5 ppb

National Average

0.0229 ppb

State Average

0.022 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 0.06 ppb for tetrachloroethylene 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

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Runoff & Sprawl

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 the federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL); 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


Picnic Grove Mobile Homes compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, Picnic Grove Mobile Homes complied with health-based drinking water standards.

Information in this section on Picnic Grove Mobile Homes 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
Benzene
Nitrate
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)
Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Barium
Bromoform
Chloroform
Mercury (inorganic)
MTBE

Take Action

Contact Your Local Official

One of the best ways to push for cleaner water is to hold accountable the elected officials who have a say in water quality – from city hall and the state legislature to Congress all the way to the Oval Office – by asking questions and demanding answers.

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Filter Out Contaminants

Check out our recommendations for filters to protect your water against the detected contaminants.

EWG’S WATER FILTER GUIDE