EWG HEALTH GUIDELINES
1 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EWG Health Guidelines fill the gap in outdated government standards.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.
Fluoride over legal limit THIS UTILITY 4.79 ppm NO EWG HEALTH GUIDELINE LEGAL LIMIT 4 ppm DETAILS
Fluoride occurs naturally in surface and groundwater and is also added to drinking water by many water systems.
How your levels compare
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
Includes chemicals detected in 2015-2017 for which annual utility averages exceeded the federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL).
Other Contaminants Tested
Chemicals tested for but not detected from 2012 to 2017:
1,1,1-Trichloroethane, 1,1,2-Trichloroethane, 1,1-Dichloroethylene, 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene, 1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP), 1,2-Dichloroethane, 1,2-Dichloropropane, 2,4,5-TP (Silvex), 2,4-D, Alachlor (Lasso), Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Atrazine, Barium, Benzene, Benzo[a]pyrene, Beryllium, Bromodichloromethane, Bromoform, Cadmium, Carbofuran, Carbon tetrachloride, Chlordane, Chloroform, Chromium (total), cis-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Cyanide, Dalapon, Di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate, Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, Dibromochloromethane, Dichloromethane (methylene chloride), Dinoseb, Diquat, Endrin, Ethylbenzene, Ethylene dibromide, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide, Hexachlorobenzene (HCB), Hexachlorocyclopentadiene, Lindane, Manganese, Mercury (inorganic), Methoxychlor, Monochlorobenzene (chlorobenzene), MTBE, Nitrate & nitrite, o-Dichlorobenzene, Oxamyl (Vydate), p-Dichlorobenzene, Pentachlorophenol, Picloram, Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), Radium, combined (-226 & -228), Selenium, Silver, Simazine, Styrene, Tetrachloroethylene (perchloroethylene), Thallium, Toluene, Toxaphene, trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene, Trichloroethylene, Vinyl chloride, Xylenes (total)
Rescue Waterworks compliance with legally mandated federal standards:
From April 2016 to March 2019, Rescue Waterworks
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 Rescue Waterworks comes from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History Online database (ECHO).
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Water Filters That Can Reduce Contaminant Levels
Contaminant Activated Carbon Reverse Osmosis Ion Exchange Fluoride ✔
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.
Filter Out Contaminants
Check out our recommendations for filters to protect your water against the detected contaminants.
EWG’S WATER FILTER GUIDE
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