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Pentachlorophenol

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

Pentachlorophenol is a carcinogenic chemical used as a wood preservative. It harms developing fetuses, and causes immune suppression and hormone disruption.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

9

states detected

16

utilities detected

292,000

people served

0

states over health guideline

0

utilities over health guideline

0

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for pentachlorophenol

Cancer

Harm to child development

Harm to the immune system

Hormone disruption

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 0.3 ppb

The health guideline of 0.3 ppb for pentachlorophenol was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 1 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

States reporting pentachlorophenol in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Florida4191,535
Arizona346,273
Louisiana244,915
Delaware18,559
North Carolina2584
Pennsylvania1291
New York1110
Oregon170
Colorado144
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Utilities with the highest amounts of pentachlorophenol, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Dardanelle Trailer ParkCentral Point, OR1 of 10.190 ppb70
Garrison Lake DistrictDover, DE1 of 30.187 ppb8,559
Ellamae Phillips Company RllpSnowmass, CO1 of 40.158 ppb44
Serenity Oaks Mobile Home ParkOcala, FL1 of 10.120 ppb135
Pine Mobile Home ParkBerne, NY1 of 10.0800 ppb110
Silver Bluff Nursing HomeCanton, NC1 of 10.0451 ppb404
City of Hollywood*Hollywood, FL1 of 10.0340 ppb142,705
St Bernard Parish WaterworksChalmette, LA2 of 40.0190 ppb44,000
Mountain Top Golf & Lake ClubCashiers, NC1 of 40.0117 ppb180
Doyline Water SystemDoyline, LA2 of 100.0102 ppb915
Pa Amer Water ThompsonSusquehanna, PA1 of 40.01000 ppb291
Kingman Municipal Water*Kingman, AZ2 of 130.00739 ppb45,000

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

UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of Hollywood*Hollywood, FL1 of 10.0340 ppb142,705
St Bernard Parish WaterworksChalmette, LA2 of 40.0190 ppb44,000
Kingman Municipal Water*Kingman, AZ2 of 130.00739 ppb45,000

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