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bis(2-chloroethyl) ether

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Bis(2-chloroethyl) ether is a chlorinated solvent used in industrial sites, and present in some cleaners, paint and varnishes.

2015:

FOUND

4

states detected

7

utilities detected

495,000

people served

Health concerns for bis(2-chloroethyl) ether

Harm to the central nervous system

States reporting bis(2-chloroethyl) ether in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Delaware2307,000
California2171,883
Maryland215,958
Pennsylvania195
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Utilities with the highest amounts of bis(2-chloroethyl) ether, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
La Puente Valley County Water District*La Puente, CA1 of 13.60 ppb9,852
Artesian Water Company*Newark, DE3 of 240.0160 ppb301,000

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report bis(2-chloroethyl) ether, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Artesian Water Company*Newark, DE3 of 240.0160 ppb301,000

* This water utility supplies finished drinking water to at least one other water utility. The purchasing utility is not required to test for or report bis(2-chloroethyl) ether, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.