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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in Delaware

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate is a pollutant from rubber and industrial chemical factories and a leachate from PVC pipes; it is classified by EPA as a probable human carcinogen. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Delaware

37 water utilities reported detecting Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Sandy Ridge Mobile Home Park
Dover, DE
1806 of 101.6 ppb
(0 to 5 ppb)
2Cherry Creek Valley
Rehoboth, DE
781 of 101.5 ppb
(0 to 15 ppb)
3Newark Water Department
Newark, DE
36,1302 of 101.28 ppb
(0 to 7.83 ppb)
4Dove Estates
Ridgely, DE
1111 of 10.9 ppb
(0.9 ppb)
5Commodore Estates
Middletown, DE
1403 of 120.85 ppb
(0 to 6.2 ppb)
6Bethany Bay Ocean View
Dover, DE
27,1061 of 60.79 ppb
(0 to 4.73 ppb)
7Beaver Creek
3502 of 40.73 ppb
(0 to 1.46 ppb)
8Pinnacle Rehabilitation & Health Center
Smyrna, DE
2561 of 10.5 ppb
(0.5 ppb)
9Flying Dutchman Mobile Home Park 2
Felton, DE
302 of 50.38 ppb
(0 to 1 ppb)
10Wild Quail District
Dover, DE
7924 of 110.37 ppb
(0 to 1.87 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Maximum Contaminant Limit Goal (MCLG)A non-enforceable health goal that is set at a level at which no known or anticipated adverse effect on the health of persons occurs and which allows an adequate margin of safety. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.0 ppb
One in one million (10-6) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 1,000,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.3 ppb
Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL)The enforceable standard which defines the highest level of a contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. MCLs are set as close to health-based limits (Maximum Contaminant Level Goals, or MCLGs) as feasible using the best available analytical and treatment technologies and taking cost into consideration. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.6 ppb
California Public Health GoalsDefined by the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) as the level of contaminant that is allowed in drinking water. For acutely toxic substances, levels are set at which scientific evidence indicates that no known or anticipated adverse effects on health will occur, plus an adequate margin-of safety. PHGs for carcinogens or other substances which can cause chronic disease shall be based solely on health effects without regard to cost impacts and shall be set at levels which OEHHA has determined do not pose any significant risk to health.12 ppb
One in ten thousand (10-4) Cancer RiskThe concentration of a chemical in drinking water corresponding to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 in 10,000. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.300 ppb
Drinking Water Equivalent LevelA lifetime exposure concentration protective of adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects, that assumes all of the exposure to a contaminant is from drinking water. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.700 ppb

Violation Summary for Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate in Delaware

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Delaware