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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

Beverly Hills Water Department

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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21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND40ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND10ND

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
2012-11-089469-014-0415ND
2012-11-089469-012-0440ND
2012-11-089469-015-0345ND
2012-12-319469-013-1000ND
2013-11-079469-013-0045ND
2013-11-079469-012-0115ND
2013-11-079469-014-0010ND
2013-11-079469-015-0245ND
2014-11-139469-013-0920ND
2014-11-139469-014-0945ND
2014-11-139469-012-0850ND
2014-11-139469-015-0812ND
2015-10-139469-013-0747ND
2015-10-139469-014-0808ND
2015-10-139469-015-0840ND
2015-10-139469-012-0725ND
2016-11-219469-014-1002ND
2016-11-219469-013-0947ND
2016-11-219469-015-1019ND
2016-11-219469-012-0924ND
2017-10-129469-014-0805ND