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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Greenville Water District

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Rhode Island Department of Health, 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

  • Smithfield, Rhode Island
  • Serves: 9,500
  • Data available: 2014-2019
  • Source: Purchased surface water

Contaminants Detected

5

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Chloroform

Potential Effect: cancer108x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY43.1 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 108 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.4 ppb or less

This Utility

43.1 ppb

National Average

15.5 ppb

State Average

20.2 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 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: cancer7.2x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY0.720 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 7.2 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

0.72 ppb

National Average

3.29 ppb

State Average

1.2 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 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

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)†

Potential Effect: cancer180x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY18.0 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.1 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT60 ppb
DETAILS
X

Haloacetic acids (HAA5)

more about
this contaminant

Haloacetic acids are formed when disinfectants such as chlorine are added to tap water. The group of five haloacetic acids regulated by federal standards includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid.

Haloacetic acids (HAA5) was found at 180 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.1 ppb or less

This Utility

18 ppb

Legal Limit

60 ppb

National Average

17.1 ppb

State Average

16.6 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 0.1 ppb for the group of five haloacetic acids, or HAA5, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-a-million lifetime cancer risk level. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Pollution Sources

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Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Haloacetic acids (HAA9)*†

Potential Effect: cancer324x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY19.5 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.06 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
DETAILS
X

Haloacetic acids (HAA9)

more about
this contaminant

Haloacetic acids are formed when disinfectants such as chlorine are added to tap water. The group of nine haloacetic acids includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid, which are regulated as a group by the federal government (HAA5); and bromochloroacetic acid, bromodichloroacetic acid, chlorodibromoacetic acid, and tribromoacetic acid.

Haloacetic acids (HAA9) was found at 324 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.06 ppb or less

This Utility

19.5 ppb

National Average

23.7 ppb

State Average

18.8 ppb
NO LEGAL LIMIT
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2017-2021.
ppb = parts per billion

Health Risks

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.06 ppb for the group of nine haloacetic acids, or HAA9, was defined in a peer-reviewed scientific study by EWG and represents a one-in-a-million lifetime cancer risk level as . This health guideline protects against cancer.

Pollution Sources

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Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)†

Potential Effect: cancer356x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY53.4 ppb
EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE0.15 ppb
LEGAL LIMIT80 ppb
DETAILS
X

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 356 times above EWG's Health Guideline.

EWG Health Guideline

0.15 ppb or less

This Utility

53.4 ppb

Legal Limit

80 ppb

National Average

29.7 ppb

State Average

48.7 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 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

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; chemicals detected under the EPA's Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR 4) program in 2017 to 2020 (and subsequent testing when available), for which annual utility averages exceeded a health guideline established by a federal or state public health authority.

*This water utility buys or otherwise receives some or all of its finished water from City of Providence. Tap water results marked with an * are from the supplying utility.

† HAA5 is a contaminant group that includes monochloroacetic acid, dichloroacetic acid, trichloroacetic acid, monobromoacetic acid and dibromoacetic acid. HAA9 is a contaminant group that includes the chemicals in HAA5 and bromochloroacetic acid, bromodichloroacetic acid, chlorodibromoacetic acid and tribromoacetic acid. TTHM is a contaminant group that includes bromodichloromethane, bromoform, chloroform and dibromochloromethane.


Other Contaminants Tested


Greenville Water District compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2019 to March 2021, Greenville Water District complied with health-based drinking water standards.

Information in this section on Greenville Water District 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
Chloroform
Dibromochloromethane
Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
Haloacetic acids (HAA9)
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
4-Androstene-3,17-dione
Barium
Bromochloromethane
Chromium (hexavalent)
Chromium (total)
Fluoride
Manganese
Nitrate
Nitrite
Strontium
Vanadium

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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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