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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

Sierra Madre Water Department

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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32

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND50ND
2013ND60ND
2014ND50ND
2015ND50ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND60ND

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
2012-05-079588-007-0915ND
2012-05-079588-006-0935ND
2012-05-079588-005-0840ND
2012-05-079588-004-0855ND
2012-05-079588-003-0830ND
2013-05-219588-007-1000ND
2013-05-219588-006-0940ND
2013-05-219588-005-0910ND
2013-05-219588-004-0925ND
2013-06-263761-003-0800ND
2013-06-279588-003-0805ND
2014-05-129588-007-1125ND
2014-05-129588-006-1055ND
2014-05-129588-005-1105ND
2014-05-129588-004-1045ND
2014-05-129588-003-1030ND
2015-05-139588-007-0840ND
2015-05-139588-006-1020ND
2015-05-139588-005-0940ND
2015-05-139588-004-1000ND
2015-05-139588-003-1115ND
2016-05-039588-007-0920ND
2016-05-039588-006-0900ND
2016-05-039588-005-0830ND
2016-05-039588-004-0845ND
2016-05-039588-003-0815ND
2017-05-039588-007-1010ND
2017-05-039588-005-0930ND
2017-05-039588-004-1045ND
2017-05-039588-003-1030ND
2017-05-269588-006-1105ND
2017-05-269588-006-1045ND