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National Drinking Water Database

o-Xylene in New York

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 York

47 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
1Collingwood Associates, L.P.
King Of Prussia, NY
3601 of 34.67 ppb
(0 to 14 ppb)
2Owego W D NO 2
Apalachin, NY
2,7542 of 71.76 ppb
(0 to 6.4 ppb)
3New Woodstock Water District
Cazenovia, NY
4601 of 31.63 ppb
(0 to 4.9 ppb)
4Hounsfield WD 2
Sackets Harbor, NY
50015 of 191.52 ppb
(0 to 4.8 ppb)
5Red Hook Residential Center
Red Hook, NY
571 of 11.4 ppb
(1.4 ppb)
6M and K Mobile Home Park
Poughkeepsie, NY
1171 of 10.9 ppb
(0.9 ppb)
7Lake George Village
Lake George, NY
2,1602 of 140.87 ppb
(0 to 8.1 ppb)
8Ennis Parc
Pleasant Valley, NY
1751 of 10.75 ppb
(0.75 ppb)
9Manchester Water District
5501 of 20.6 ppb
(0 to 1.2 ppb)
10Florida (T) Water District
3756 of 170.58 ppb
(0 to 3.3 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 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 regularly180
Over maximum contaminant level, Single Sample1
Over maximum contaminant level, Average1