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Toluene

Clearwater Water System

Toluene is a volatile solvent that harms the nervous and immune systems, damages the liver and may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Read More.

Toluene is a petroleum-derived chemical found in gasoline and used as a solvent in paints, adhesives and cleaning supplies. Toluene is highly neurotoxic. Exposure can cause fatigue and nausea, and may lead to nervous system disorders.

 

18

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2010ND30ND
2011ND30ND
2012ND30ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 150 ppb

The health guideline of 150 ppb for toluene 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 harm to internal organs.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 1,000 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)1,000 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Result
2010-02-10ND
2010-02-10ND
2010-02-11ND
2011-02-16ND
2011-02-16ND
2011-02-16ND
2012-02-10ND
2012-02-10ND
2012-02-10ND
2013-02-01ND
2013-02-01ND
2013-02-01ND
2014-02-13ND
2015-01-13ND
2015-01-13ND
2015-05-07ND
2015-09-23ND
2015-11-18ND