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National Drinking Water Database

o-Xylene in New Mexico

o-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 Mexico

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

Ranked by highest average o-Xylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
1Rehoboth Christian School
Rehoboth, NM
3801 of 10.8 ppb
(0.8 ppb)
2Rio Rancho Sewer and Wastewater Services
Rio Rancho, NM
56,0002 of 40.73 ppb
(0 to 2.71 ppb)
3Tajique Mdwca
Tajique, NM
1811 of 30.62 ppb
(0 to 1.87 ppb)
4Chama Water System
Chama, NM
1,2501 of 20.55 ppb
(0 to 1.1 ppb)

Health Based Limits for o-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 o-Xylene in New Mexico

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in New Mexico