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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

City of Manteca

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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33

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND50ND
2013ND60ND
2014ND60ND
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
2012-02-085810-049-1130ND
2012-02-085810-040-1035ND
2012-03-135810-013-1000ND
2012-06-125810-049-0717ND
2012-11-135810-044-1033ND
2013-03-135810-032-0640ND
2013-03-135810-013-0716ND
2013-04-105810-012-0805ND
2013-06-055810-038-0745ND
2013-06-055810-034-0825ND
2013-08-145810-014-0810ND
2014-01-145810-042-1055ND
2014-01-145810-036-0906ND
2014-02-115810-030-0835ND
2014-06-105810-015-0720ND
2014-07-085810-028-0803ND
2014-07-085810-016-0715ND
2015-02-105810-040-0820ND
2015-06-095810-049-0650ND
2015-07-215810-034-0812ND
2015-11-305810-044-1005ND
2015-12-095810-013-0625ND
2016-03-085810-032-0540ND
2016-03-085810-013-0630ND
2016-04-195810-012-0920ND
2016-06-145810-038-0645ND
2016-08-235810-014-0715ND
2017-01-095810-042-0947ND
2017-01-095810-036-1030ND
2017-04-045810-042-0535ND
2017-07-105810-028-0847ND
2017-07-105810-016-0800ND
2017-08-085810-015-0625ND