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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Xylenes (total)

Homer

NOTE: Homer purchases water from Banks County - Mountain Creek which is required to test for xylenes (total). Sample information shown below was taken by Banks County - Mountain Creek.

Xylenes are solvents used in industrial and consumer products, such as cleaning agents and paint thinners. Xylenes cause nervous system damage and may harm developing fetuses.

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND40ND
2014ND60ND
2015ND10ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND10ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 1,800 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 1,800 ppb for xylenes 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 the brain and nervous system.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 10,000 ppb

The legal limit for xylenes, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against harm to the brain and nervous system due to xylene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

NOTE: Homer purchases water from Banks County - Mountain Creek which is required to test for xylenes (total). Sample information shown below was taken by Banks County - Mountain Creek.

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-22AH53773ND
2013-03-04AH89961ND
2014-02-04AI27449ND
2015-02-02AI63851ND
2016-01-18AJ04538ND
2017-03-01AJ47254ND