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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:

FOUND

2

states detected

2

utilities detected

907

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
New Hampshire1650
Rhode Island1257
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Utilities with the highest amounts of diethyl phthalate, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Quonochontaug East Beach Water AssociationCharlestown, RI1 of 21.50 ppb257
Andover Village DistrictAndover, NH1 of 11.20 ppb650
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served