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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:

FOUND

1

states detected

19

utilities detected

81,175

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
Arkansas1981,175
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Utilities with the highest amounts of butyl benzyl phthalate, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Mc Gehee Waterworks*Mcgehee, AR1 of 21.93 ppb4,386
Yorktown Water AssociationStar City, AR1 of 21.02 ppb8,169
Swifton Waterworks*Swifton, AR1 of 20.475 ppb778
Ogden WaterworksOgden, AR1 of 20.440 ppb495
Portland Waterworks*Portland, AR1 of 20.425 ppb617
Kimzey Regional Water District*Malvern, AR1 of 30.323 ppb11,290
Atkins Water System*Atkins, AR1 of 30.313 ppb4,439
El Dorado Waterworks*El Dorado, AR1 of 40.248 ppb20,698

* 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
Kimzey Regional Water District*Malvern, AR1 of 30.323 ppb11,290
El Dorado Waterworks*El Dorado, AR1 of 40.248 ppb20,698

* 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.