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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Diethyl phthalate

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Diethyl phthalate is an additive used in many consumer products, particularly those containing fragrance. 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

5

states detected

31

utilities detected

555,000

people served

Health concerns for diethyl phthalate

Harm to reproduction and child development

Hormone disruption

States reporting diethyl phthalate in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas14406,174
New Jersey14147,979
New Hampshire1650
Rhode Island1300
Arkansas1160
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Filtering technologies that reduce diethyl phthalate

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

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

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Bruceville EddyEddy, TX1 of 62.50 ppb5,508
City of Mcgregor*Mc Gregor, TX1 of 41.88 ppb5,600
Quonochontaug East Beach Water AssociationCharlestown, RI1 of 21.50 ppb300
Andover Village DistrictAndover, NH1 of 11.20 ppb650
Bell County Water Control and Improvement District 1*Killeen, TX2 of 80.925 ppb264
Bell County Water Control and Improvement District 3Nolanville, TX2 of 80.925 ppb4,259
City of KilleenKilleen, TX2 of 80.925 ppb140,806
City of BeltonBelton, TX2 of 80.925 ppb21,214
439 Water Supply CorporationBelton, TX2 of 80.925 ppb6,985
US Army South Fort HoodFort Hood, TX2 of 80.925 ppb35,669
City of Copperas Cove*Copperas Cove, TX2 of 80.925 ppb33,919
City of Harker HeightsHarker Heights, TX2 of 80.925 ppb30,365
City of BellmeadBellmead, TX2 of 130.623 ppb9,900
City of Georgetown*Georgetown, TX2 of 130.408 ppb98,776
Mill Pond Village Mobile Home ParkHot Springs, AR1 of 30.310 ppb160
Lee County WSCGiddings, TX2 of 230.174 ppb12,030
NJ Water Supply Authority Manasquan*Allenwood, NJ2 of 20.0700 ppb30
Suez Water New Jersey LambertvilleLambertville, NJ2 of 20.0450 ppb4,960
Newton Water & Sewer UtilityNewton, NJ2 of 20.0300 ppb8,300
Manalapan Township Water District Tracy StationManalapan, NJ1 of 20.0300 ppb256
Suez Water Manalapan MillhurstManalapan, NJ1 of 20.0300 ppb2,100
United Water Matchaponix*Manalapan, NJ1 of 20.0300 ppb0

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of BeltonBelton, TX2 of 80.925 ppb21,214
City of KilleenKilleen, TX2 of 80.925 ppb140,806
City of Harker HeightsHarker Heights, TX2 of 80.925 ppb30,365
US Army South Fort HoodFort Hood, TX2 of 80.925 ppb35,669
City of Copperas Cove*Copperas Cove, TX2 of 80.925 ppb33,919
City of Georgetown*Georgetown, TX2 of 130.408 ppb98,776
Lee County WSCGiddings, TX2 of 230.174 ppb12,030

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