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Ethyl ether in Minnesota


Ethyl ether is a solvent for waxes, fats, oils, perfumes, and other materials; it is used in production of industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals and gun powder, as a primer for gasoline engines, and as a medical anesthetic.

The Most Polluted Communities in Minnesota

2 water utilities reported detecting Ethyl ether in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Ethyl ether level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Maple Plain
Maple Plain, MN
2,0701 of 21.55 ppb
(0 to 3.1 ppb)
2Upsala
Upsala, MN
2801 of 60.88 ppb
(0 to 5.3 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Ethyl ether

StandardDescriptionLevel
Health-Based Screening LevelA benchmark concentration of contaminants in water that may be of potential concern for human health, if exceeded. For noncarcinogens, the HBSL represents the contaminant concentration in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse effects over a lifetime of exposure. For carcinogens, the HBSL range represents the contaminant concentration in drinking water that corresponds to an excess estimated lifetime cancer risk of 1 chance in 1 million to 1 chance in 10 thousand. Source: U.S. Geological Survey.1000 ppb

Violation Summary for Ethyl ether in Minnesota

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Minnesota