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p-Xylene in New Jersey


p-Xylene is a petroleum-derived solvent used in the printing, rubber, and leather industries; it is also used as a cleaning agent, a thinner for paint, and an ingredient in paints and varnishes.

The Most Polluted Communities in New Jersey

18 water utilities reported detecting p-Xylene in tap water since 2004, according to EWG's analysis of water quality data supplied by state water agencies

Ranked by highest average p-Xylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
(Range)
1Marlboro State Hospital
Marlboro Twp, NJ
2801 of 14.1 ppb
(4.1 ppb)
2Deptford Twp Mua
Deptford Twp, NJ
26,0003 of 120.75 ppb
(0 to 7.35 ppb)
3Maple Glen Mobile Home Park
Jackson Township, NJ
1201 of 10.6 ppb
(0.6 ppb)
4Long Beach Twp WD Holgat
Brant Beach, NJ
2,0007 of 110.47 ppb
(0 to 1.2 ppb)
5Malaga Villa Apartments
Malaga, NJ
1001 of 40.23 ppb
(0 to 0.9 ppb)
6Lacey Twp Mua
Lacey Twp., NJ
26,2401 of 130.11 ppb
(0 to 1.4 ppb)
7Brandywine Assisted Livining AT Colts Ne
NJ
2093 of 130.1 ppb
(0 to 0.57 ppb)
8Riverdale Boro Water Dep
Riverdale, NJ
3,0002 of 130.07 ppb
(0 to 0.5 ppb)
9Hamburg Board of Public
Hamburg, NJ
3,3821 of 100.05 ppb
(0 to 0.49 ppb)
10Little Egg Harbor Twp Mu
Little Egg Harbor, NJ
22,0751 of 120.04 ppb
(0 to 0.5 ppb)

Health Based Limits for p-Xylene

StandardDescriptionLevel
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.10000 ppb
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.10000 ppb

Violation Summary for p-Xylene in New Jersey

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New Jersey