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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Longview Acres

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Virginia Department of Health - Office of Drinking Water, 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 serious violation federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility Details

  • Isle Of Wight County, Virginia
  • Serves: 168
  • Data available: 2012—2017
  • Source: Groundwater

Contaminants Detected

2

EXCEED
EWG HEALTH
GUIDELINES

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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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

Fluoride

over legal limit
THIS UTILITY5.02 ppm
NO EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE
LEGAL LIMIT4 ppm
DETAILS
X

Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems.

How your levels compare

This Utility

5.02 ppm

Legal Limit

4 ppm

National Average

0.507 ppm

State Average

0.698 ppm
NO EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE
The state and national averages were calculated using the averages of the contaminant measurements for each utility in 2015-2017.
ppm = parts per million

Pollution Sources

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Treatment Byproducts

Filtering Options

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Reverse Osmosis

Radium, combined (-226 & -228)

Potential Effect: cancer48x EWG'S HEALTH GUIDELINE
THIS UTILITY2.40 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

2.4 pCi/L

Legal Limit

5 pCi/L

National Average

0.47 pCi/L

State Average

0.22 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

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


Longview Acres compliance with legally mandated federal standards:

  • From April 2016 to March 2019, Longview Acres did not comply with health-based drinking water standards.
  • 12 QUARTERS
    in violation of any federal drinking water standard from April 2016 to March 2019
  • Over the last 3 years this water utility has spent
    12 QUARTERS
    in significant violation of federal drinking water standards

Information in this section on Longview Acres 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
Radium, combined (-226 & -228)
OTHER CONTAMINANTS
DETECTED
Fluoride
Nitrate & nitrite

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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.

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