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m- & p- Xylene in Minnesota

Xylene is a petroleum-derived solvent used in the printing, rubber, and leather industries, and as a cleaning agent, a thinner for paint, and an ingredient in paints and varnishes.

The Most Polluted Communities in Minnesota

253 water utilities reported detecting m- & 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 m- & p- Xylene level

RankSystem Population Served Positive test results of total reported tests Average Level
Marietta, MN
1741 of 126 ppb
(26 ppb)
2Grand Meadow
Grand Meadow, MN
9453 of 415.7 ppb
(0 to 41 ppb)
3Round Lake
Round Lake, MN
4243 of 49.21 ppb
(0 to 34.2 ppb)
Watson, MN
2112 of 34.77 ppb
(0 to 13 ppb)
Proctor, MN
2,8181 of 14.4 ppb
(4.4 ppb)
Virginia, MN
8,9536 of 102.73 ppb
(0 to 21 ppb)
Hardwick, MN
2201 of 12.3 ppb
(2.3 ppb)
Callaway, MN
2002 of 32.05 ppb
(0 to 5.35 ppb)
9Carleton College
Northfield, MN
2,4851 of 21.8 ppb
(0 to 3.6 ppb)
10Spring Lake Park
Spring Lake Park, MN
6,8053 of 61.73 ppb
(0 to 5.55 ppb)

Health Based Limits for m- & 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 m- & p- Xylene in Minnesota

There are no violations reported for this contaminant in Minnesota