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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Hexachlorobenzene (HCB)

Carefree Water Company

Hexachlorobenzene is a cancer-causing, neurotoxic and hormone-disrupting chemical used as a pesticide until 1984. It is still found in landfills and hazardous waste sites, and can be detected in people.

 

9

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND10ND
2016ND40ND
2017N/A00N/A
2018N/A00N/A
2019ND40ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.03 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.03 ppb for hexachlorobenzene 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.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 1 ppb

The legal limit for hexachlorobenzene, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to hexachlorobenzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2015-10-16201510190003SND
2016-01-28201601280233SAND
2016-01-28201601280233SBND
2016-07-21201607210572SAND
2016-07-21201607210572SBND
2019-04-18201904180316SAND
2019-04-18201904180316SBND
2019-08-29201908290376SAND
2019-08-29201908290376SBND