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National Drinking Water Database

p-Xylene in New York

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 York

30 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
1Owego W D NO 2
Apalachin, NY
2,7545 of 79.61 ppb
(0 to 24 ppb)
2New Woodstock Water District
Cazenovia, NY
4601 of 32.97 ppb
(0 to 8.9 ppb)
3Hounsfield WD 2
Sackets Harbor, NY
5008 of 181.93 ppb
(0 to 7.4 ppb)
4Pamelia Town WD 5
Watertown, NY
1,0006 of 121.1 ppb
(0 to 5.5 ppb)
5Lyme Town WD 2
Chaumont, NY
4005 of 120.78 ppb
(0 to 3.2 ppb)
6Collingwood Associates, L.P.
King Of Prussia, NY
3601 of 30.78 ppb
(0 to 2.35 ppb)
7Henderson Town WD #1
Henderson, NY
6504 of 190.61 ppb
(0 to 7.5 ppb)
8Sackets Harbor Village
Sackets Harbor, NY
1,3002 of 50.6 ppb
(0 to 2.2 ppb)
9Bedford Hills/Taconic Corr. Facilities
Bedford Hills, NY
1,1001 of 10.5 ppb
(0.5 ppb)
10Woodland Mobile Home Haven
Fulton, NY
311 of 10.5 ppb
(0.5 ppb)

Health Based Limits for p-Xylene

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 York

Data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency includes the following violations of federal standards in New York since 2004

Violation TypeNumber of Violations
Failure to monitor regularly177