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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)

City of Scottsdale

1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane is a pesticide fumigant banned in the 1970s after scientists discovered it caused sterility in men who worked with it. The chemical causes cancer in laboratory animals and may cause cancer in people. Read More.

This pesticide breaks down very slowly in the environment. It remains in groundwater and drinking water wells in the agricultural areas where it was sprayed in the past. Men exposed to this pesticide in the fields suffered from infertility and testicular damage, and tended to have fewer male babies.

 

44

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
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND210ND
2015ND30ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND200ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.0017 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.0017 ppb for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane 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) 0.2 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, established in 1991, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-02-054020547-04SND
2014-02-054020547-03SND
2014-02-054020547-02SND
2014-02-054020547-01ND
2014-02-114020994-01ND
2014-02-124020997-01SND
2014-02-134021207-02SND
2014-02-134021207-01SND
2014-03-134031189-01SND
2014-06-034060399-01ND
2014-08-054080531-01ND
2014-08-054080527-01ND
2014-08-054080529-01ND
2014-08-074080785-03ND
2014-08-074080785-02ND
2014-08-074080785-01ND
2014-08-144081396-01ND
2014-08-214081971-01ND
2014-08-264082445-01ND
2014-08-274082450-01ND
2014-11-10201411100040SND
2015-01-265012122-01ND
2015-06-15201506150242SND
2015-07-28201507290355SND
2017-01-23201701230480SND
2017-01-31201701310419SND
2017-03-13201703130443SND
2017-04-11201704121085SND
2017-04-18201704180733SND
2017-05-03201705030393SND
2017-05-03201705030386SND
2017-05-11201705110565SND
2017-05-25201705250273SND
2017-07-19201707200527SND
2017-08-09201708090677SND
2017-10-02201710020518SND
2017-10-10201710100211SND
2017-10-10201710100207SND
2017-10-23201710230327SND
2017-10-31201711010965SND
2017-10-31201711010947SND
2017-11-01201711010961SND
2017-11-01201711010957SND
2017-11-09201711090343SND