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National Drinking Water Database - Chemical Contaminants


Status: Unregulated - EPA has not established a maximum legal limit in tapwater for this contaminant.

Benzo[g,h,i]perylene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) in crude oil and is released from combustion of fossil fuels and from industries including petroleum refining, coal tar distillation, wastewater treatment and waste incineration.

Found above
health guidelines
Found above
legal limit
Water utilities
People Served

Benzo[g,h,i]perylene Exposure by State

Water utilities in 4 states have reported detecting Benzo[g,h,i]perylene in treated tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies.

StateWater Suppliers with Benzo[g,h,i]perylene contamination
New Jersey1217,230
Rhode Island397,987

The Most Polluted Communities

8 water utilities reported detecting Benzo[g,h,i]perylene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Benzo[g,h,i]perylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1NJ American Water Company
Shorthills, NJ
217,2301 of 10.19 ppb
(0.19 ppb)
2Malvern Waterworks
Malvern, AR
9,0261 of 40.03 ppb
(0 to 0.1 ppb)
3Kimzey Regional Water District
Malvern, AR
7,4271 of 40.03 ppb
(0 to 0.1 ppb)
4City of Newport
Newport, RI
43,8097 of 230.01 ppb
(0 to 0.08 ppb)
5Bristol County Water Authority
Warren, RI
51,0002 of 110.01 ppb
(0 to 0.11 ppb)
6Jamestown Water Department
Jamestown, RI
3,1781 of 6< 0.01 ppb
(0 to 0.06 ppb)
7Artesian Water Company
Newark, DE
201,0001 of 73< 0.01 ppb
(0 to 0.47 ppb)
8Long Neck Water Company
Long Neck, DE
14,8201 of 6< 0.01 ppb
(0 to 0.03 ppb)

Testing Summary for Benzo[g,h,i]perylene

Are tests routinely required for Benzo[g,h,i]perylene by federal law?No
Water suppliers reporting tests for Benzo[g,h,i]perylene (2004-2009):2,562 of 47,576
Average testing rate for water supplier reporting tests (2004-2009):0.4 per year