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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Butyl benzyl phthalate

Forrest City Waterworks

Butyl benzyl phthalate is an additive used in plastics and other consumer products. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that target the male reproductive system. Read More.

Phthalates are synthetic chemicals that are added to hard plastics to make them soft and malleable. Phthalates can be found in everyday consumer products such as carpets, paints, glues, wall coverings, tablecloths, furniture upholstery, shower curtains, garden hoses, toys, shoes, automobile upholstery, food packaging and medical products. Exposure to phthalates has been linked to respiratory health problems, asthma and allergies in infants and children, and changes in reproductive system development in baby boys. The National Toxicology Program classifies a commonly used phthalate, called di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate or DEHP, as "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

 

17

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013ND50ND
2014ND50ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-08-2713241000207ND
2013-08-2713241000307ND
2013-09-2513268000701ND
2013-11-0513310000807ND
2013-11-0513310000907ND
2014-02-0514038000601ND
2014-04-2314114014001ND
2014-04-2314114013807ND
2014-08-2714240000701ND
2014-08-2714240000607ND
2015-08-2415238000601ND
2015-09-2915273000501ND
2016-07-0616189013607ND
2016-07-0616189013507ND
2017-04-0317096000207ND
2017-07-0317187007201ND
2017-07-3117215001705ND