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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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p-Dichlorobenzene

Manhattan Beach Water Department

p-Dichlorobenzene is a carcinogenic insecticide used in mothballs, and added to deodorant blocks made for trash cans and toilets. Long-term exposure can cause liver damage and kidney problems.

 

9

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 6 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 6 ppb for p-dichlorobenzene 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) 75 ppb

The legal limit for p-dichlorobenzene, established in 1987, was based on toxicity studies conducted in laboratory animals in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to p-dichlorobenzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-249588-004-1100ND
2012-03-299588-006-1145ND
2013-02-149588-004-0955ND
2013-02-149588-006-0940ND
2014-03-279588-004-0935ND
2015-03-189588-004-1000ND
2016-06-279588-004-0945ND
2017-02-229590-004-1555ND
2017-02-229590-006-1510ND