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o-Xylene in Texas


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 Texas

221 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
(Range)
1Eol Wsc
Axtell, TX
1,6321 of 123.5 ppb
(23.5 ppb)
2Country Meadows
Glen Rose, TX
1201 of 119.19 ppb
(19.19 ppb)
3Oak Leaf Trail
Keene, TX
661 of 19.6 ppb
(9.6 ppb)
4Duval County Conservation & Reclamation District B
Benavides, TX
1,9781 of 25.65 ppb
(0 to 11.3 ppb)
5Glenshores Water Co
Laguna Park, TX
811 of 14.7 ppb
(4.7 ppb)
6Woodrow Osceola Wsc Blanton
Blum, TX
5521 of 14.54 ppb
(4.54 ppb)
7Harris County Mud 119
Houston, TX
6,6722 of 54.45 ppb
(0 to 21.5 ppb)
8Yancey Wsc
Yancey, TX
4,7311 of 13.88 ppb
(3.88 ppb)
9Ben Wheeler Wsc
Ben Wheeler, TX
2,1751 of 23.55 ppb
(0 to 7.1 ppb)
10M S Wsc
Riesel, TX
6421 of 13.44 ppb
(3.44 ppb)

Health Based Limits for o-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 o-Xylene in Texas

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Texas