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p-Dichlorobenzene

City of Santa Barbara 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.

 

16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND40ND

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
2012-07-189590-005-0923ND
2013-04-299590-053-0947ND
2013-08-189590-031-1605ND
2013-10-079590-022-1215ND
2014-10-219590-042-0758ND
2014-10-219590-035-0931ND
2014-10-219590-015-0843ND
2014-10-229590-004-1014ND
2015-05-129590-055-0842ND
2015-11-109590-005-1050ND
2016-11-029590-053-1152ND
2016-11-029590-031-1120ND
2017-05-189590-058-1734ND
2017-11-079590-004-0955ND
2017-11-149590-042-0848ND
2017-11-149590-035-0930ND