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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Benzene

Fort Rucker - American Water

Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene. Read More.

To protect against cancer risks, California set a public health goal for benzene in drinking water at 0.15 parts per billion, 30 times lower than the federal legal limit of 5 parts per billion.

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62

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND100ND
2015ND100ND
2016ND100ND
2017ND100ND
2018ND110ND
2019ND110ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.15 ppb for benzene 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) 5 ppb

The legal limit for benzene, established in 1987, 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 benzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-01-23140123041-1ND
2014-04-10140410031-2ND
2014-04-10140410031-4ND
2014-04-10140410031-1ND
2014-04-10140410031-5ND
2014-04-10140410031-3ND
2014-04-10140410031-6ND
2014-06-20140620045-1ND
2014-08-2114082061-1ND
2014-11-21141124027-1ND
2015-01-28150129028-1ND
2015-04-28150428049-2ND
2015-04-28150428049-1ND
2015-04-28150428049-7ND
2015-04-28150428049-6ND
2015-04-28150428049-4ND
2015-04-28150428049-5ND
2015-04-28150428049-3ND
2015-08-20150821017-1ND
2015-10-27151027029-1ND
2016-01-21160121040-1ND
2016-04-21160421052-2ND
2016-04-21160421052-5ND
2016-04-21160421052-1ND
2016-04-21160421052-3ND
2016-04-21160421052-4ND
2016-04-21160421052-6ND
2016-04-21160421052-7ND
2016-08-15160816005-1ND
2016-10-20161021013-1ND
2017-01-18170118078-1ND
2017-04-25170426040-4ND
2017-04-25170426040-5ND
2017-04-25170426040-6ND
2017-04-25170426040-3ND
2017-04-25170426040-1ND
2017-04-25170426040-2ND
2017-04-25170426040-7ND
2017-08-23170824019-1ND
2017-11-21171122069-1ND
2018-01-23180123057-1ND
2018-04-24180425041-2ND
2018-04-24180425041-3ND
2018-04-24180425041-5ND
2018-04-24180425041-6ND
2018-04-24180425041-7ND
2018-04-24180425041-1ND
2018-04-24180425041-4ND
2018-08-2018080602-001AND
2018-08-2018080602-001ND
2018-10-3118100668-001AND
2019-04-0119040045-001AND
2019-04-0119040045-001AAND
2019-05-2820105780002_IVOCND
2019-05-2820105780003_IVOCND
2019-05-2820105780005_IVOCND
2019-05-2820105780004_IVOCND
2019-05-2820105780007_IVOCND
2019-05-2820105780006_IVOCND
2019-05-2820105780001_IVOCND
2019-07-2920114663001_IVOCND
2019-11-0520128994001_IVOCND