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Butyl benzyl phthalate

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Butyl benzyl phthalate is an additive used in plastics and other consumer products. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that target the male reproductive system. 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."

2017-2019:

FOUND

2

states detected

24

utilities detected

60,101

people served

Health concerns for butyl benzyl phthalate

Harm to reproduction and child development

Hormone disruption

States reporting butyl benzyl phthalate in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Arkansas1340,125
Delaware1119,976
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Filtering technologies that reduce butyl benzyl phthalate

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Activated Carbon

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Reverse Osmosis

Utilities with the highest amounts of butyl benzyl phthalate, 2017-2019

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Biggers WaterworksBiggers, AR1 of 61.05 ppb404
Victoria Water AssociationVictoria, AR1 of 50.968 ppb33
Osceola Waterworks*Osceola, AR1 of 50.968 ppb7,792
Wilmot WaterworksWilmot, AR1 of 30.860 ppb550
Pottsville WaterPottsville, AR2 of 50.850 ppb4,108
Atkins Water*Atkins, AR2 of 50.850 ppb4,439
Dover WaterworksDover, AR1 of 60.575 ppb1,410
Suez Water New Jersey LambertvilleToms River, NJ2 of 20.540 ppb3,960
Dota Public WaterCord, AR1 of 50.516 ppb2,662
IndependenceBradfordar, AR1 of 60.487 ppb2,996
Fountain HillFountain Hill, AR2 of 90.414 ppb890
NJ Water Supply Authority Manasquan*Allenwood, NJ2 of 20.380 ppb30
Hickory RidgeHickory Ridge, AR1 of 30.330 ppb280
Wayne Township Division of WaterWayne, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb55,000
N.j.d.w.s.c. - Wanaque North*Wanaque, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb150
Kearny Water Department*Orange, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb41,664
Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority*Bayonne, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb63,000
MelbourneMelbourne, AR2 of 230.272 ppb3,600
United Water Matchaponix*Manalapan, NJ2 of 20.265 ppb0
Suez Water Manalapan MillhurstManalapan, NJ2 of 20.265 ppb2,100
Manalapan Township Water District Tracy StationManalapan, NJ2 of 20.265 ppb800
Mc Gehee*Mcgehee, AR3 of 210.264 ppb4,219
Wkmm Rural WaterTillar, AR3 of 210.264 ppb310
Dardanelle*Dardanelle, AR1 of 40.250 ppb4,228
Grand Prairie Bayou 2 PWAAustin, AR1 of 110.240 ppb11,150
Autumn Acres Mobile Home ParkGassville, AR1 of 70.211 ppb88
Stockley CenterGeorgetown, DE1 of 10.200 ppb749
Paron-Owensville WaterParon, AR1 of 60.192 ppb2,025
South ShoresDover, DE1 of 10.190 ppb540
Laurel Pump DistrictDover, DE1 of 10.180 ppb78
Teal PointDover, DE1 of 10.170 ppb96
Messick's Mobile Home Community LLC System 2Harrington, DE1 of 10.170 ppb36
MarmadukeMarmaduke, AR1 of 50.168 ppb1,111
Roe WaterworksRoe, AR1 of 70.167 ppb124
Seaford Water DepartmentSeaford, DE3 of 30.167 ppb6,699
Newton Water & Sewer UtilityNewton, NJ2 of 20.165 ppb8,300
Hilltop Mobile VillageJericho, NJ1 of 10.150 ppb200
Webbs Landing Pump DistrictDover, DE1 of 10.150 ppb105
Kelso-rohwer WaterRohwer, AR1 of 60.148 ppb593
Lafe Regional Water Distribution DistrictMarmaduke, AR1 of 80.143 ppb2,522
Portland*Portland, AR1 of 60.142 ppb430
Swifton WaterworksSwifton, AR1 of 70.136 ppb1,013
Ogden WaterworksOgden, AR1 of 70.126 ppb495
Oak Manor WaterEl Dorado, AR1 of 80.124 ppb338
El Dorado Waterworks*El Dorado, AR1 of 80.124 ppb17,932
Harmony WaterEl Dorado, AR1 of 80.124 ppb336
Elaine WaterworksElaine, AR1 of 80.114 ppb1,673
Omaha WaterworksOmaha, AR1 of 90.1000 ppb1,163
Parkers ChapelEl Dorado, AR1 of 100.0980 ppb2,381
Kimzey Regional Water District*Malvern, AR1 of 100.0970 ppb11,650

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Bayonne Municipal Utilities Authority*Bayonne, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb63,000
Kearny Water Department*Orange, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb41,664
Wayne Township Division of WaterWayne, NJ2 of 20.305 ppb55,000
Grand Prairie Bayou 2 PWAAustin, AR1 of 110.240 ppb11,150
El Dorado Waterworks*El Dorado, AR1 of 80.124 ppb17,932
Kimzey Regional Water District*Malvern, AR1 of 100.0970 ppb11,650
Texarkana Water Utilities*Texarkana, AR1 of 100.0830 ppb30,015
Meadow District*Dover, DE1 of 60.0283 ppb10,500

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