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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

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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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16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND80ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND80ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

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
2012-01-23201201240127VND
2012-01-23201201240128VND
2012-01-23201201240129VND
2012-01-23201201240130VND
2012-01-23201201240131VND
2012-01-23201201240133VND
2012-01-23201201240134VND
2012-01-23201201240135VND
2015-03-04201503040387VND
2015-03-04201503040388VND
2015-03-04201503040389VND
2015-03-04201503040390VND
2015-03-04201503040391VND
2015-06-17201506170544VND
2015-10-15201510150153VND
2015-10-15201510150154VND