Contaminants Tested

Every year, our certified operators collect thousands of samples for water quality testing by our independent, third-party, EPA-certified drinking water lab in Port Orchard, Wash. If any contaminants are detected, they are listed in the system’s annual water quality report. However, most of the contaminants we test for are not detected, so they are not shown in the report.

The table below lists all of the contaminants that the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) Office of Drinking Water requires Group A water systems to test for, along with their Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) and state detection reporting limit (SDRL). The SDRL is the minimum reporting level established by DOH.

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WA State DOH Primary and Secondary Maximum Contaminant Levels

Inorganic Chemicals

SDRL (mg/L)    MCL (mg/L)
EPA Regulated (Primary)
Arsenic 0.001   0.010
Barium 0.1   2
Cadmium 0.001   0.005
Chromium, Total 0.007   0.1
Mercury 0.0002   0.002
Selenium 0.002   0.05
Nickel 0.005  
Beryllium 0.0003   0.004
Antimony 0.003   0.006
Thallium 0.001   0.002
Cyanide 0.05   0.2
Fluoride 0.2   4
Nitrite-N 0.1   1
Nitrate-N 0.5   10
Total Nitrate/Nitrite 0.5   10
Asbestos 0.2 MFL   7 MFL
MFL = million fibers per liter at > 10 microns in length
EPA Regulated (Secondary)
Iron 0.1   0.30
Manganese 0.01   0.05
Silver 0.1   0.1
Chloride 20   250
Sulfate 50   250
Zinc 0.2   5
State Regulated
Sodium 5  
Hardness 10  
Conductivity (umhos/cm) 70   700
Turbidity (NTU) 0.1  
Color (color units) 15   15
Total Dissolved Solids 100   500
State Unregulated
Lead (at the source) 0.001  
Copper (at the source) 0.02  
Lead and Copper (at customer faucets)
Lead   0.015
Copper   1.3
Values referred to as MCLs for lead and copper are not actually MCLs; instead, they are called “Action Levels” under the Lead & Copper Rule.
     

Radionuclides

SDRL (pCi/L)   MCL (pCi/L)
Units are picocuries per liter (pCi/L)
Gross alpha particle activity 3   15
Radium 228 1   5*
Radium 226 activity is determined only if gross alpha + radium 228 is > 5.0 pCi/L
Radium 226* 1   5*
Uranium activity is determined if gross alpha is > 15.0 pCi/L**
Uranium** (mass) 1   30 ug/L
Uranium** (activity) 1   20**
Depending on foregoing results, the following are determined.
Radium 226 + 228   5*
Gross alpha*** + radium 228 5
Gross alpha minus uranium and radon 15
*An MCL of 5.0 pCi/L total is allowed for Radium 226 + 228
**Uranium MCL is given in mass terms (ug/L). Mass must be converted to activity levels (pCi/L) for calculation of the MCL (gross alpha minus uranium).
***Gross alpha is used in lieu of radium 226 when the gross alpha + radium 228 is < 5.0 pCi/L.
     

Volatile Organic Chemicals

SDRL (ug/L)   MCL (ug/L)
EPA Regulated
Vinyl Chloride 0.5   2.0
1,1 – Dichloroethylene 0.5   7.0
1,1,1 – Trichloroethane 0.5   200.0
Carbon Tetrachloride 0.5   5.0
Benzene 0.5   5.0
1,2 – Dichloroethane 0.5   5.0
Trichloroethylene (TCE) 0.5   5.0
Para-Dichlorobenzene (1,4 – Dichlorobenzene) 0.5   75.0
Methylene Chloride (Dichloromethane) 0.5   5.0
trans -1,2 – Dichloroethylene 0.5   100.0
cis -1,2 – Dichloroethylene 0.5   70.0
1,2 – Dichloropropane 0.5   5.0
Toluene 0.5   1,000
1,1,2 – Trichloroethane 0.5   5.0
Tetrachloroethlylene (PCE) 0.5   5.0
Monochlorobenzene (Chlorobenze) 0.5   100.0
Ethylbenzene 0.5   700.0
m/p Xylenes (MCL for Total) 0.5  
o – Xylene (MCL for Total) 0.5  
Styrene 0.5   100.0
Ortho-Dichlorobenzene (1,2 – Dichlorobenzene) 0.5   600.0
1,2,4 – Trichlorobenzene 0.5   70.0
Total Xylenes 0.5   10,000
EPA Unregulated
1,2,3 – Trichloropropane 0.5  
Chloroform [screening] 0.5  
Chloromethane 0.5  
Bromomethane 0.5  
1,1 – Dichloroethane 0.5  
Bromobenzene 0.5  
o – chlorotoluene 0.5  
State Unregulated
Fluorotrichloromethane 0.5  
Bromochloromethane 0.5  
1,3,5 – Trimethylbenzene 0.5  
1,2,4 – Trimethylbenzene 0.5  
sec – Butylbenzene 0.5  
Napthalene 0.5  
EDB (Ethylene Dibromide) [screening] 0.5  
DBCP (Dibromochloropropane) [screening] 0.5  
Dichlorodifluoromethane 0.5  
     

Synthetic Organic Chemicals

SDRL (ug/L)   MCL (ug/L)
Herbicides
EPA Regulated
2,4 – D 0.5   70
2,4,5 – TP (Silvex) 0.2   50
Pentachlorophenol 0.04   1
Dalapon 1   200
Dinoseb 0.2   7
Picloram 0.1   500
EPA Unregulated
DCPA (Acid Metabolites) 0.02  
Total DCPA 0.02  
Dicamba 0.2  
2,4 – DB 1  
Acifluorfen 2  
Chloramben 0.2  
3,5 – Dichlorobenzoic Acid 0.5  
Pesticides
EPA Regulated
Endrin 0.01   2
Lindane (BHC – gamma) 0.02   0.2
Methoxychlor 0.1   40
Toxaphene 1   3
Alachlor 0.2   2
Atrazine 0.1   3
Benzo (a) pyrene 0.02   0.2
Chlordane (total) 0.2   2
Di (2-ethylhexyl) adipate 0.6   400
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate 0.6   6
Heptachlor 0.4   4
Heptachlor epoxide 0.02   0.2
Hexachlorobenzene 0.1   1
Hexachlorocyclopentadiene 0.1   50
Simazine 0.07   4
Pentachlorophenol 0.04   1
PCBs (as total arochlors) 0.2  
Arochlor 1221 20  
Arochlor 1232 0.5  
Arochlor 1242 0.3  
Arochlor 1248 0.1  
Arochlor 1254 0.1  
Arochlor 1260 0.2  
Arochlor 1016 0.08  
EPA Unregulated
Butachlor 0.4  
Dieldrin 0.1  
Metolachlor 1  
Metribuzin 0.2  
Propachlor 0.1  
Fluorene 0.2  
Bromacil 0.2  
Insecticides
EPA Regulated
Carbofuran 0.9   40
Oxamyl (Vydate) 2   200
EPA Unregulated
Aldicarb 0.5   3
Carbaryl 2  
Methomyl 4  
Soil Fumigants (Pesticides)
EPA Regulated
EDB (Ethylene Dibromide) 0.01   0.05
DBCP (Dibromochloropropane) 0.02   0.2
EPA Unregulated
1,2,3 – Trichloropropane 0.5   21*
*Not an MCL, but a SAL (State Advisory Level)
     

Disinfection Byproducts

SDRL (ug/L)   MCL (ug/L)
EPA Regulated
Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM), sum of 4   80
— Chloroform 0.25  
— Bromodichloromethane 0.5  
— Dibromochloromethane 0.5  
— Bromoform 0.5  
Haloacetic Acids (HAA5), sum of 5   60
— Monochloroacetic Acid 2  
— Dichloroacetic Acid 1  
— Trichloroacetic Acid 1  
— Monobromoacetic Acid 1  
— Dibromoacetic Acid 1  
SDRL (mg/L)   MCL (mg/L)
Bromate* 0.001   0.010
*Labs that use EPA Methods 317.0, 326.0, or 321,8 must meet a 0.0010 mg/L SDRL for bromate. All other methods must meet 0.005 mg/L SDRL.
 

Microorganisms

MCL
Total Coliform Bacteria N/A
Effective April 1, 2016, the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) replaced the Total Coliform Rule that had been in place for public water systems since 1989. Under the RTCR, there is no longer an MCL for total coliform bacteria. For systems that collect < 40 coliform samples per month, greater than one total coliform positive sample in a calendar month is now called a Treatment Technique Trigger (TTT). A TTT requires an investigation by a qualified person to identify where the coliforms entered the system, to take corrective action to eliminate the pathway, and to complete and submit a Level 1 Assessment to the state within 30 days. A second TTT within a 12-month rolling period requires a more comprehensive Level 2 Assessment. A third TTT will likely result in DOH requiring permanent continuous chlorination on the system if the system isn’t already chlorinated.
E. coli Bacteria see below
The MCL is exceeded when a routine monthly sample and a “repeat” sample are total coliform positive and one of those samples is also fecal or E. coli positive.
Cryptosporidium Log removal
Giardia Lamblia Log removal
Legionella Log removal
Viruses (enteric) Log removal
Turbidity Treatment
Log removal is based on required log removal at specific raw water quality, but has specific microbials cited.