Frequent Questions

3. What are asbestos' health effects?

Some people who drink water containing asbestos well in excess of the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for many years may have an increased risk of developing benign intestinal polyps.

This health effects language is not intended to catalog all possible health effects for asbestos. Rather, it is intended to inform consumers of some of the possible health effects associated with asbestos in drinking water when the rule was finalized.

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