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Diethylphthalate in Maine

Diethylphthalate is an industrial solvent used in many consumer products, particularly those containing fragrances; it may be present in perfume, cologne, deodorant, soap, shampoo, hand lotion, and other personal care products. [read more]

The Most Polluted Communities in Maine

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

Ranked by highest average Diethylphthalate level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Castine Water Department
Castine, ME
1,0631 of 30.2 ppb
(0 to 0.6 ppb)
2Aqua Maine,inc. Bucksport Div.
Rockport, ME
1,6251 of 10.16 ppb
(0.16 ppb)
3Berwick Water Department
Berwick, ME
2,1251 of 10.08 ppb
(0.08 ppb)
4Addison Point Water District
Addison, ME
1631 of 20.04 ppb
(0 to 0.07 ppb)
5Kennebec Water District
Waterville, ME
21,5001 of 10.03 ppb
(0.03 ppb)

Health Based Limits for Diethylphthalate

EPA Human Health Water Quality CriteriaWater quality criteria set by the US EPA provide guidance for states and tribes authorized to establish water quality standards under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect human health. These are non-enforceable standards based upon exposure by both drinking water and the contribution of water contamination to other consumed foods. Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.1700 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.6000 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.30000 ppb

Violation Summary for Diethylphthalate in Maine

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Maine