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p-Xylene in Wisconsin

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 Wisconsin

23 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
1Arena Waterworks
Arena, WI
5251 of 12.5 ppb
(2.5 ppb)
2Pleasant View Nursing Home
Monroe, WI
2602 of 21.9 ppb
(1.6 to 2.2 ppb)
3Mattoon Waterworks
Mattoon, WI
4501 of 11.3 ppb
(1.3 ppb)
4Bloomfield Manor
Dodgeville, WI
1501 of 11 ppb
(1 ppb)
5Country Estates Sanitary District Town of Lyons #1
Burlington, WI
50013 of 160.6 ppb
(0 to 1.9 ppb)
6WI Dot Wayside 4 Preston
Friendship, WI
5001 of 10.58 ppb
(0.58 ppb)
7South Wayne Waterworks
South Wayne, WI
4781 of 20.4 ppb
(0 to 0.79 ppb)
8Oregon Waterworks
Oregon, WI
8,2791 of 50.38 ppb
(0 to 1.9 ppb)
9Mcfarland Waterworks
Mc Farland, WI
5,8971 of 60.37 ppb
(0 to 2.2 ppb)
10Grantsburg Waterworks
Grantsburg, WI
1,4061 of 20.3 ppb
(0 to 0.6 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 Wisconsin

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Wisconsin