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p-Dichlorobenzene

Status: National drinking water standard exists

 

p-Dichlorobenzene is a carcinogenic insecticide used in mothballs, and added to deodorant blocks made for trash cans and toilets. Long-term exposure can cause liver damage and kidney problems.

2015:

FOUND
FOUND ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES

13

states detected

66

utilities detected

685,000

people served

1

states over health guideline

1

utilities over health guideline

1,284

people served over health guideline

Health concerns for p-dichlorobenzene

Cancer

Harm to the liver

Harm to the kidney

Harm to the thyroid

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 6 ppb

The health guideline of 6 ppb for p-dichlorobenzene 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) 75 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)75.0 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 p-dichlorobenzene in drinking water

UTILITIES REPORTING ABOVE HEALTH GUIDELINES UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served UtilitiesPeople Served
Wisconsin0013257,294
Louisiana0027244,011
New Jersey008141,705
Oregon00414,410
Missouri0028,925
Texas0026,507
Florida0034,810
Mississippi0012,500
Arkansas0012,312
Iowa11,28421,950
Pennsylvania001568
Alaska001150
Vermont001126
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Utilities with the highest amounts of p-dichlorobenzene, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Roland Water SupplyRoland, IA1 of 16.50 ppb1,284
Golovin Community Water SystemGolovin, AK1 of 14.83 ppb150
Bogue Chitto Water AssociationBogue Chitto, MS8 of 82.55 ppb2,500
Aqua Pa OneidaWhite Haven, PA2 of 32.27 ppb568
Rector WaterworksRector, AR2 of 31.61 ppb2,312
Gbra Luling Plant*Seguin, TX1 of 11.50 ppb0
Amery WaterworksAmery, WI1 of 11.000 ppb2,962
Roberts Creek Water DistrictRoseburg, OR4 of 40.725 ppb6,500
Fonda Water SupplyFonda, IA1 of 10.600 ppb666
Greendale WaterworksGreendale, WI3 of 30.533 ppb14,046
Seaside Water Department*Seaside, OR1 of 10.500 ppb6,230
Coburn Mobile Home ParkMontpelier, VT1 of 10.500 ppb126
Grantsburg WaterworksGrantsburg, WI1 of 10.470 ppb1,460
Greenleaf WaterworksGreenleaf, WI1 of 20.405 ppb650
Tesi Cote GeleeBaton Rouge, LA2 of 20.380 ppb196
Berwick Bayou Vista Water Works Commission*Berwick, LA2 of 20.320 ppb0
Belleville Subdivision Water SystemDuson, LA2 of 20.320 ppb231
Town of Duson Water System*Duson, LA4 of 40.300 ppb1,872
City of Broussard Highway 90 Water SystemBroussard, LA2 of 40.295 ppb684
Town of Iota Water SystemIota, LA6 of 60.283 ppb1,450
Gateway National Recreational AreaOrange, NJ1 of 10.270 ppb500
Racine Waterworks*Racine, WI1 of 10.220 ppb105,100
Hobart Waterworks S A 1Hobart, WI2 of 20.210 ppb3,162
Garden Heights Subd Water SystemYoungsville, LA4 of 60.197 ppb481
Cudahy WaterworksCudahy, WI2 of 20.170 ppb18,659
Mulberry, City ofMulberry, FL1 of 50.160 ppb3,780
Perryville*Perryville, MO1 of 60.155 ppb8,225
Shiocton UtilitiesShiocton, WI1 of 90.144 ppb921
North Crowley Water CorporationRayne, LA2 of 40.130 ppb3,309
Denville Twp Water Department*Denville, NJ2 of 130.123 ppb16,000

* 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 p-Dichlorobenzene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

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UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Greendale WaterworksGreendale, WI3 of 30.533 ppb14,046
Racine Waterworks*Racine, WI1 of 10.220 ppb105,100
Cudahy WaterworksCudahy, WI2 of 20.170 ppb18,659
Denville Twp Water Department*Denville, NJ2 of 130.123 ppb16,000
Winslow Township DMU*Braddock, NJ3 of 50.0960 ppb39,174
Janesville Water UtilityJanesville, WI3 of 60.0767 ppb62,720
United Water CamdenCamden, NJ3 of 70.0600 ppb46,585
Lafayette Utilities Water System*Lafayette, LA4 of 300.0333 ppb145,629
Whitewater WaterworksWhitewater, WI2 of 200.0220 ppb14,000
Monroe Twp MUAWilliamstown, NJ1 of 1030.00175 ppb36,100

* 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 p-Dichlorobenzene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.