A-Z List of Contaminants in Water - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

A-Z List of Contaminants in Water

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Below are links to information about some potential contaminants that could affect Minnesota waters, such as lakes, rivers, groundwater or drinking water. The links will provide you with information developed by MDH.

For technical summaries about water guidance values for many of the chemicals listed below, please see the Human Health-Based Water Guidance Table.

Additional information about contaminants in water is available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s A-Z Index of Water-Related Topics.

Acenaphthene

Acetaminophen

Acetochlor

Acrylamide

Alachlor

AHTN (Tonalide)
6-Acetyl-1,1,2,4,4,7-hexamethyltetraline

Aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA)

Anatoxin-a

Arsenic

Bacteria

Bentazon

Benzo[a]pyrene

Bisphenol A

Blue-Green Algal Blooms and Microcystin (Cyanobacteria)

Boron

Butyl benzyl phthalate

Cadmium

Carbamazepine

Chlorpyrifos and Chlorpyrifos Oxon

Chloroform

Clothianidin

Coliform Bacteria

Copper

Cryptosporidium

Cyanazine

DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide)

Desvenlafaxine

cis-1,2-Dichloroethene

Dichlorofluoromethane (DCFM)

2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)

Dieldrin

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)

Dimethenamid and Dimethenamid-p

Dimethenamid ESA and Dimethenamid OXA

Dinoseb

1,4-Dioxane

Disinfection Byproducts (DBPs)

Drinking Water Standards: Contaminants

17α-Ethinylestradiol

S-Ethyl-N,N-dipropylthiocarbamate (EPTC)

Fluoranthene

Fluoride

Giardiasis

Haloacetic Acids (HAA)

Hydrogen Sulfide Gas

Inorganic Chemicals

Iron

Iron Bacteria

Isobutanol

Lead

Legionellosis

See also: About Pontiac Fever

Manganese

Mercury

Mestranol

Methane

Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)

2-Methylnaphthalene

Metribuzin DA, DK, and DADK

Microbiological Contaminants

Microcystin

MTBE

See: Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE) and Drinking Water (PDF)

N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET)

Nitrate

Nonylphenol

Octylphenol

Pentachlorophenol (PCP)

PCE (Tetrachloroethylene)

See: Tetrachloroethylene

Perfluorochemicals

Pesticides

Phthalates

Propyl Paraben

Pseudomonas

Pyraclostrobin

Pyrene

Radiological Contaminants

Radium/Radionuclides

Skatol

SOCs: Synthetic Organic Chemicals

Sulfate

Sulfonamide Antibiotics

Sulfur Bacteria

Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) 

Thiamethoxam 

Tonalide

See: AHTN in Drinking Water (PDF)

1,1,1-Trichloroethane

Trichloroethylene (TCE)

1,2,3-Trichloropropane

Triclocarban

Triclosan

Trihalomethanes (THMs)

Tris(2-chloroethyl) Phosphate (TCEP)

Tris(1,3-dichloroisopropyl) Phosphate (TDCPP)

Venlafaxine

Vinyl Chloride

VOCs: Volatile Organic Chemicals

Updated Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 10:28AM