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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzo[a]pyrene

California Water Service Company - Dominguez

Benzo[a]pyrene is a polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon, or PAH, released from combustion of fossil fuels and waste incinerators. PAHs increase the risk of cancer; damage the immune, nervous and reproductive systems; and can harm developing fetuses.

 

38

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
2013ND180ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND150ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.007 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.007 ppb for benzo[a]pyrene 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 benzo[a]pyrene, established in 1992, 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 PAH exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2013-05-085810-019-0954ND
2013-05-085810-050-1106ND
2013-05-085810-016-1250ND
2013-05-085810-024-1045ND
2013-05-145810-018-1515ND
2013-06-125810-023-1345ND
2013-06-205810-022-1245ND
2013-08-075810-019-1012ND
2013-08-075810-050-1235ND
2013-08-075810-016-1245ND
2013-08-075810-024-1105ND
2013-08-145810-018-1104ND
2013-09-115810-023-1110ND
2013-09-115810-022-1415ND
2013-09-195810-004-1428ND
2013-09-305810-036-1800ND
2013-11-135810-004-1354ND
2013-11-205810-036-0955ND
2015-03-255810-018-1330ND
2015-05-069590-036-1435ND
2015-05-069590-024-1050ND
2015-05-069590-023-1325ND
2015-05-069590-019-1015ND
2015-05-069590-004-1515ND
2015-05-139590-050-1250ND
2015-05-209590-022-1330ND
2015-05-209590-016-1312ND
2015-08-059590-050-1147ND
2015-08-129590-004-1140ND
2015-08-129590-036-1322ND
2015-08-129590-023-1115ND
2015-08-129590-019-1005ND
2015-08-199590-024-1040ND
2016-03-239590-018-1340ND
2016-08-249590-018-1015ND
2016-12-289590-019-0930ND
2017-03-089590-019-1430ND
2017-10-169590-805-1030ND