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Methyl ethyl ketone in New Mexico


Methyl ethyl ketone is a synthetic chemical used as a solvent for paints, coatings, adhesives, printing inks, and other industrial and consumer goods; it occurs naturally in some vegetation and forms during ozonation of drinking water.

The Most Polluted Communities in New Mexico

81 water utilities reported detecting Methyl ethyl ketone in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average Methyl ethyl ketone level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Quail Hollow Mdwua
Tijeras, NM
331 of 1108 ppb
(108 ppb)
2Clayton Municipal Supply
Albuquerque, NM
2,4011 of 133.3 ppb
(33.3 ppb)
3Barranco Mdwca
Abiquiu, NM
511 of 114.54 ppb
(14.54 ppb)
4New Mexico Utilities Inc
Albuquerque, NM
51,9831 of 113.14 ppb
(13.14 ppb)
5Canon Mdwca
Taos, NM
5911 of 112.65 ppb
(12.65 ppb)
6Chama Water System
Chama, NM
1,2502 of 210.18 ppb
(1.46 to 18.9 ppb)
7Central NM Minimum Unit
Los Lunas, NM
3801 of 19.34 ppb
(9.34 ppb)
8Indian Hills Water Company
Albuquerque, NM
5501 of 18.94 ppb
(8.94 ppb)
9Sunset Acres Water Company
Rodger, NM
4001 of 18.46 ppb
(8.46 ppb)
10Estancia Water System
Estancia, NM
1,8002 of 28.44 ppb
(1.34 to 15.54 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Methyl ethyl ketone

StandardDescriptionLevel
Lifetime health-based limit, non-cancer riskConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for a lifetime of exposure. The Lifetime health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is based on exposure for a a 70-kg adult consuming 2 liters of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.4000 ppb
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.4000 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 10-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic effects for up to ten days of exposure. The Ten-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.7500 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.20000 ppb
Children's health-based limit for 1-day exposureConcentration of a chemical in drinking water that is not expected to cause any adverse, noncarcinogenic health effects for up to one day of exposure. The One-Day health-based limit (or Health Advisory, HA) is typically set to protect a 10-kg child consuming 1 liter of water per day. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.75000 ppb

Violation Summary for Methyl ethyl ketone in New Mexico

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New Mexico