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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."

2015-2017:

FOUND

3

states detected

63

utilities detected

629,000

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
Arkansas37461,057
New Jersey15148,179
Delaware1119,871
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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, 2015-2017

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Wilmot WaterworksWilmot, AR1 of 21.29 ppb862
Fountain Hill WaterworksFountain Hill, AR2 of 60.622 ppb895
Wkmm Rural Water AssociationLake Village, AR2 of 80.586 ppb366
Mc Gehee Waterworks*Mcgehee, AR2 of 80.586 ppb4,386
Suez Water New Jersey LambertvilleLambertville, NJ2 of 20.540 ppb4,960
NJ Water Supply Authority Manasquan*Allenwood, NJ2 of 20.380 ppb30
Dardanelle Waterworks*Dardanelle, AR1 of 30.333 ppb1,668
Pottsville Water AssociationPottsville, AR1 of 30.313 ppb4,108
Atkins Water System*Atkins, AR1 of 30.313 ppb4,439
Portland Waterworks*Portland, AR1 of 30.283 ppb617
Marmaduke WaterworksMarmaduke, AR1 of 30.280 ppb1,042
United Water Matchaponix*Manalapan, NJ2 of 20.265 ppb0
Manalapan Township Water District Tracy StationManalapan, NJ2 of 20.265 ppb256
Suez Water Manalapan MillhurstManalapan, NJ2 of 20.265 ppb2,100
Oak Manor Water AssociationEl Dorado, AR1 of 40.248 ppb338
Harmony Water AssociationEl Dorado, AR1 of 40.248 ppb362
El Dorado Waterworks*El Dorado, AR1 of 40.248 ppb20,698
Swifton WaterworksSwifton, AR1 of 40.238 ppb778
Melbourne WaterworksMelbourne, AR1 of 110.227 ppb4,195
Stockley CenterGeorgetown, DE1 of 10.200 ppb295
Stockley Medical Center (maryann Coverdale)Georgetown, DE1 of 10.200 ppb454
Parkers Chapel Public WaterEl Dorado, AR1 of 50.196 ppb2,369
South ShoresMilford, DE1 of 10.190 ppb540
Brumbley's Family ParkMilton, DE1 of 10.180 ppb48
Laurel DistrictDover, DE1 of 10.180 ppb78
Ogden WaterworksOgden, AR1 of 50.176 ppb495
Teal PointMilford, DE1 of 10.170 ppb96
Messick's Mobile Home Community LLC System 2Harrington, DE1 of 10.170 ppb36
Seaford Water DepartmentSeaford, DE3 of 30.167 ppb6,699
Newton Water & Sewer UtilityNewton, NJ2 of 20.165 ppb8,300
Cross County Rural Water SystemHickory Ridge, AR2 of 110.165 ppb9,233
Hot Spring County Water AssociationDonaldson, AR1 of 60.162 ppb3,395
Kimzey Regional Water District*Malvern, AR1 of 60.162 ppb11,290
Prescott WaterworksPrescott, AR1 of 60.153 ppb5,198
Hilltop Mobile VillageJericho, NJ1 of 10.150 ppb200
Yorktown Water AssociationStar City, AR1 of 190.107 ppb8,169
Star City WaterworksStar City, AR1 of 130.104 ppb2,842
Central Arkansas Water*Little Rock, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb313,504
Shannon Hills Water DepartmentShannon Hills, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb3,443
Camp RobinsonNorth Little Rock, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb1,500
Wye Mountain Water AssociationRoland, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb1,350
Paron-owensville Water AuthorityParon, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb2,071
Ridgefield Estates Water SystemLittle Rock, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb150
Grants WayDover, DE2 of 40.0900 ppb237
Smackover WaterworksSmackover, AR1 of 100.0800 ppb3,019
Whelen Springs Water DepartmentGurdon, AR1 of 120.0700 ppb500
Gurdon Waterworks*Gurdon, AR1 of 120.0700 ppb3,215
Calico Rock WaterworksCalico Rock, AR1 of 130.0638 ppb1,840
Baywood Golf and Residential CommunityLong Neck, DE1 of 40.0425 ppb888
Meadow District*Dover, DE1 of 40.0425 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.

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
El Dorado Waterworks*El Dorado, AR1 of 40.248 ppb20,698
Kimzey Regional Water District*Malvern, AR1 of 60.162 ppb11,290
Central Arkansas Water*Little Rock, AR1 of 110.0918 ppb313,504
Meadow District*Dover, DE1 of 40.0425 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.