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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Styrene

East Cherry Creek Valley Water and Sanitation District

Styrene is a volatile cancer-causing chemical used for manufacturing Styrofoam (polystyrene) and other plastics. Releases from industrial production sites and hazardous waste landfills cause styrene contamination in drinking water. Read More.

In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, styrene can also damage the liver and the nervous system. California set a public health goal for styrene in drinking water at 0.5 parts per billion. The federal Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) allows up to 100 parts per billion of styrene in water, which is 200 times more than the California recommended level.

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39

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND140ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND100ND
2016ND40ND
2017ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.5 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.5 ppb for styrene 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) 100 ppb

The legal limit for styrene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1970s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to styrene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Result
2012-04-12ND
2012-04-12ND
2012-04-13ND
2012-04-19ND
2012-04-23ND
2012-04-26ND
2012-04-26ND
2012-05-04ND
2012-05-10ND
2012-05-17ND
2012-05-17ND
2012-05-25ND
2012-07-13ND
2012-10-25ND
2013-06-05ND
2013-07-17ND
2013-11-14ND
2013-12-05ND
2014-02-21ND
2014-05-19ND
2014-08-18ND
2014-11-19ND
2015-02-03ND
2015-02-03ND
2015-06-08ND
2015-06-08ND
2015-06-08ND
2015-06-08ND
2015-06-23ND
2015-06-23ND
2015-06-23ND
2015-06-23ND
2016-03-08ND
2016-08-03ND
2016-08-25ND
2016-08-31ND
2017-06-20ND
2017-08-15ND
2017-11-07ND