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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

Florin County Water District

PCBs are synthetic chemicals banned in the U.S. since the 1970s because of their toxicity. PCBs contaminate water by leaching from landfills and hazardous waste clean-up sites. PCBs increase the risk of cancer. Read More.

Up until the late 1970s, PCBs were used widely as coolants and lubricants in transformers, capacitors and other electrical equipment. Currently, PCBs are widely detected in the general population. They build up and are stored in fatty tissues and fluids such as breast milk, and can be passed on to fetuses and infants during pregnancy and breast-feeding. In human epidemiological studies, PCBs have been associated with an elevated risk of breast and prostate cancers. Infants and children with higher PCB exposures during development score lower on measures of neurological function, ranging from decreased IQ scores to reduced hearing sensitivity. PCBs also affect hormones and damage the immune system.

 

32

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND60ND
2014ND70ND
2015ND170ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.09 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.09 ppb for PCBs 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) 0.5 ppb

The legal limit for PCBs, established in 1991, 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 PCB exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-305810-009-0956ND
2012-08-295810-003-0937ND
2013-04-155810-012-1325ND
2013-12-125810-007-0950ND
2013-12-125810-010-1304ND
2013-12-125810-006-1427ND
2013-12-125810-002-1114ND
2013-12-125810-004-1155ND
2014-04-305810-006-1241ND
2014-04-305810-003-0927ND
2014-04-305810-007-0841ND
2014-04-305810-002-1017ND
2014-04-305810-009-1200ND
2014-04-305810-004-1054ND
2014-08-075810-012-1010ND
2015-02-115810-012-0948ND
2015-02-115810-010-1305ND
2015-02-115810-007-0906ND
2015-02-115810-006-1402ND
2015-02-115810-004-1115ND
2015-02-115810-009-1216ND
2015-05-275810-003-1012ND
2015-05-275810-012-0923ND
2015-05-275810-009-1159ND
2015-05-275810-004-1053ND
2015-05-275810-006-1258ND
2015-09-235810-003-1044ND
2015-09-235810-004-1147ND
2015-09-235810-006-1336ND
2015-09-235810-007-0932ND
2015-09-235810-009-1247ND
2015-09-235810-012-1009ND