Safe Levels of Ammonia in Drinking Water

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Ammonia is found naturally in water and is also made in the human intestines. Ammonia can also come from the disinfection processes used by a water treatment facility.

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Guidelines

No guidelines for ammonia levels in drinking water have been issued by the Environmental Protection Agency or the World Health Organization

Levels

WHO has said that natural ammonia levels in drinking water are usually 0.2 parts per million, but this level can be increased by the disinfection process.

Considerations

According to WHO, ammonia level guidelines have not been established for drinking water because daily levels consumed by a human from food and water sources are usually over 200 times less than what is produced by a typical person’s intestines each day.

Significance

According to WHO, if ammonium chloride levels in the human body surpass 100mg per kg of body weight, it can interfere with glucose tolerance.

Facts

WHO guidelines also state that ammonia does not have proven carcinogenic (cancer causing) properties.

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