Antimony is found naturally in the environment. The general public is exposed to low levels of it every day, primarily in food, drinking water, and air. It may be found in in the air near industries that process or release it, such as smelters, coal-fired plants, and refuse incinerators. High levels of antimony can be found in the air, water and soil in polluted areas.
Some people who drink water containing antimony well in excess of the MCL over many years could experience increases in blood cholesterol and decreases in blood sugar. Ingesting large doses can cause vomiting. Antimony can have beneficial effects when used for medical reasons. It has been used to treat people infected with parasites.
MCL ADVISORY - ACTION IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Antimony levels were detected in your water sample to exceed the maximum contaminant level (MCL).
ACTION IS OPTIONAL
Antimony levels were detected in your water sample but do not exceed the maximum contaminant level.
- Ohio Department of Health - Private Water Systems Program - Water Quality
- USEPA - Water: Drinking Water Contaminants - Drinking Water Contaminants
- USEPA - Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants - Basic Information about Antimony in Drinking Water
- ATSDR - Toxic Substances Portal - Antimony
- ATSDR ToxFAQs Fact Sheet - Antimony