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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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What About Lead?

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According to EWG’s analysis of 2017 lead testing results, this utility complied with federal water quality regulations for lead. Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, lead concentrations must be below 15 parts per billion (ppb) in 90 percent of households sampled. If this legal limit is exceeded, the water utility must apply measures to control lead leaching from water pipes.

Number of lead samples taken in 2017: 30

Highest level detected in 2017: 2.5 ppb

Levels of lead detected


Complying with the EPA's lead rules doesn't mean that the water is safe for children to drink. The EPA’s recent modeling suggests that lead concentrations in the 3.8 to 15 ppb range can put a formula-fed baby at risk of elevated blood lead levels. In 2009, the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment set a public health goal level of 0.2 ppb for lead in drinking water to protect against even subtle IQ loss in children.

Lead Results, 2017

Samples in red indicate that the sample is above the EPA action level.

DateLab IDResult
2017-06-19L919085022.45 ppb
2017-06-20L919085072.30 ppb
2017-06-22L919085221.55 ppb
2017-06-19L919085031.36 ppb
2017-06-26L919085261.11 ppb
2017-06-20L919085141.09 ppb
2017-06-21L91908518ND
2017-06-22L91908521ND
2017-06-22L91908520ND
2017-06-23L91908523ND
2017-06-25L91908524ND
2017-06-26L91908525ND
2017-06-27L91908530ND
2017-06-27L91908527ND
2017-06-27L91908529ND
2017-06-21L91908519ND
2017-06-21L91908516ND
2017-06-21L91908517ND
2017-06-19L91908504ND
2017-06-19L91908501ND
2017-06-20L91908505ND
2017-06-20L91908515ND
2017-06-20L91908508ND
2017-06-20L91908506ND
2017-06-20L91908509ND
2017-06-20L91908510ND
2017-06-20L91908513ND
2017-06-20L91908512ND
2017-06-20L91908511ND
2017-06-27L91908528ND
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