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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dimethyl phthalate

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Dimethyl phthalate is an additive used in plastics and other consumer products. As a group, phthalates are associated with hormone disruption. Read More.

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that are added to hard plastics to make them soft and malleable. Phthalates can be found in everyday consumer products such as carpets, paints, glues, wall coverings, tablecloths, furniture upholstery, shower curtains, garden hoses, toys, shoes, automobile upholstery, food packaging and medical products. Exposure to phthalates has been linked to respiratory health problems, asthma and allergies in infants and children, and changes in reproductive system development in baby boys. The National Toxicology Program classifies a commonly used phthalate, called di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP, as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

2015-2017:

FOUND

1

states detected

1

utilities detected

15,960

people served

Health concerns for dimethyl phthalate

Hormone disruption

States reporting dimethyl phthalate in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas115,960
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Filtering technologies that reduce dimethyl phthalate

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of dimethyl phthalate, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Clwsc Canyon Lake Shores*Canyon Lake, TX1 of 190.111 ppb15,960

* 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 Dimethyl phthalate, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Clwsc Canyon Lake Shores*Canyon Lake, TX1 of 190.111 ppb15,960

* 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 Dimethyl phthalate, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.