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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

Prescott Valley WD Upper

Methylene chloride is a common industrial solvent used for paint stripping, vapor degreasing, printing, electronics manufacturing and cleaning. It causes cancer and liver damage in animal studies. Read More.

Surface and groundwater can be contaminated with methylene chloride from industrial releases and landfill leaching. The EPA considers methylene chloride likely carcinogenic to people. Long-term ingestion of drinking water with methylene chloride contamination can cause liver damage and cancer. Occupational exposure to methylene chloride and other solvents has been linked with increased risk of miscarriage. Birth defects have also been observed in studies of laboratory animals exposed to methylene chloride during pregnancy.

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30

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND60ND
2013ND80ND
2014ND50ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND60ND
2017ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 4 ppb for dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 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 dichloromethane, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-31201202010049VND
2012-01-31201202010048VND
2012-01-31201202010047VND
2012-01-31201202010046VND
2012-01-31201202010044VND
2012-11-262111802-01VND
2013-02-14201302150332VND
2013-02-14201302150331VND
2013-02-14201302150330VND
2013-02-14201302150329VND
2013-02-14201302150328VND
2013-02-14201302150327VND
2013-02-14201302150326VND
2013-10-16201310170112VND
2014-01-15201401150464VND
2014-01-15201401150463VND
2014-01-15201401150462VND
2014-01-15201401150461VND
2014-01-15201401150459VND
2016-02-09201602100057VND
2016-02-09201602100056VND
2016-02-09201602100055VND
2016-02-10201602110030VND
2016-02-10201602110029VND
2016-02-10201602110028VND
2017-02-14201702150185VND
2017-02-14201702150190VND
2017-02-14201702150189VND
2017-02-14201702150188VND
2017-02-14201702150187VND