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o-Xylene

Status: No national drinking water standard exists

 

Xylenes are solvents used in industrial and consumer products, such as cleaning agents and paint thinners. Xylenes cause nervous system damage and may harm developing fetuses.

2015:

FOUND

19

states detected

204

utilities detected

924,000

people served

Health concerns for o-xylene

Harm to the brain and nervous system

Change to the central nervous system

Change to fetal growth and development

States reporting o-xylene in drinking water

UTILITIES WITH CONTAMINATION
State UtilitiesPeople Served
Texas99314,886
New Jersey23270,425
Minnesota18142,197
New York8127,698
Missouri1116,770
Wisconsin412,110
Washington39,054
Kansas48,810
Maryland105,099
California54,952
Oklahoma43,476
West Virginia32,383
Maine11,748
Ohio21,589
Virginia11,068
Montana1870
Nevada3709
Wyoming3442
Connecticut1174
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Utilities with the highest amounts of o-xylene, 2015

ALL UTILITIES
LARGE UTILITIES
UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
Manchester Water DistrictManchester, WA1 of 616.0 ppb8,148
Whitt Water Supply CorporationWhitt, TX1 of 114.9 ppb115
Bushland Water Supply CorporationBushland, TX1 of 110.4 ppb220
New Concord Water Supply CorporationTroup, TX1 of 17.02 ppb378
Kingston Town Water UtilitiesKingston, NV1 of 16.90 ppb350
Newport Water DistrictNewport, ME1 of 26.50 ppb1,748
Glendale Water Supply CorporationTrinity, TX1 of 36.47 ppb1,263
Pond Creek*Pond Creek, OK1 of 15.36 ppb982
Glen Gardner Water DepartmentGlen Gardner, NJ2 of 24.94 ppb1,902
Fouke Water Supply CorporationMineola, TX3 of 64.52 ppb7,143
City of CleburneCleburne, TX3 of 94.10 ppb30,000
City of Idalou*Idalou, TX3 of 134.06 ppb2,308
Marilee ElmontCelina, TX1 of 33.53 ppb1,671
Deadwood Water Supply CorporationBeckville, TX1 of 23.30 ppb1,110
City of ReklawReklaw, TX1 of 13.03 ppb615
Hartville, Town OfHartville, WY2 of 22.63 ppb62
Pine Valley Golf ClubPine Valley, NJ2 of 22.41 ppb27
GrandinGrandin, MO2 of 22.25 ppb243
Riner CommunityChristiansburg, VA1 of 11.97 ppb1,068
Lindale Rural WSCLindale, TX3 of 51.97 ppb12,315
Bovina Municipal Water SystemBovina, TX3 of 41.97 ppb1,874
Southeast Water Supply Corporation System 1*Centerville, TX2 of 21.76 ppb2,229
BerniceBernice, OK1 of 11.76 ppb504
Agra, City ofAgra, KS1 of 11.70 ppb255
Rose HavenMillersville, MD2 of 21.69 ppb492
Southeast Water Supply Corporation System 3Centerville, TX1 of 11.56 ppb372
Golden Water Supply CorporationGolden, TX3 of 71.52 ppb4,050
City of Dorchester*Howe, TX3 of 41.47 ppb1,638
Lakeside VistaDunkirk, MD1 of 11.46 ppb219
RamseyAnoka, MN1 of 11.40 ppb11,272

* 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 o-Xylene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.

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UtilityLocationTestsAverage levelPeople served
City of CleburneCleburne, TX3 of 94.10 ppb30,000
Lindale Rural WSCLindale, TX3 of 51.97 ppb12,315
RamseyAnoka, MN1 of 11.40 ppb11,272
City of Jacksonville*Jacksonville, TX2 of 81.11 ppb14,544
Southern Utilities*Tyler, TX6 of 370.895 ppb59,154
Willingboro MUA*Willingboro, NJ4 of 50.626 ppb35,000
Margate City Water DepartmentMargate, NJ4 of 40.410 ppb25,545
Chaska*Chaska, MN1 of 10.370 ppb24,048
Fishkill Village*Fishkill, NY2 of 80.348 ppb11,337
Callaway 2 Water District*Fulton, MO2 of 80.163 ppb13,080
Blaine*Blaine, MN1 of 50.158 ppb60,199
Bi County WSC 1*Pittsburg, TX4 of 150.154 ppb10,806
Brigantine Water DepartmentBrigantine, NJ2 of 30.147 ppb14,450
Benbrook Water AuthorityBenbrook, TX2 of 130.112 ppb21,530
Longport Water DepartmentLonport, NJ1 of 10.110 ppb10,777
Ventnor City Water & Sewer UtilityVentnor City, NJ3 of 40.0875 ppb22,150
Pennsville Twsp. Water Depart.Pennsville, NJ9 of 120.0867 ppb13,500
Monroe Twp MUAWilliamstown, NJ4 of 1030.0221 ppb36,100
Keansburg Water & Sewer DepartmentKeansburg, NJ1 of 30.0167 ppb10,105
Town of Hempstead Water DepartmentEast Meadow, NY1 of 1920.0152 ppb110,000
Millville Water DepartmentMillville, NJ1 of 160.00313 ppb27,500

* 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 o-Xylene, but it likely has the contaminant in its water supply.