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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane (DBCP)

Parker Little River Water System

1,2-Dibromo-3-chloropropane is a pesticide fumigant banned in the 1970s after scientists discovered it caused sterility in men who worked with it. The chemical causes cancer in laboratory animals and may cause cancer in people. Read More.

This pesticide breaks down very slowly in the environment. It remains in groundwater and drinking water wells in the agricultural areas where it was sprayed in the past. Men exposed to this pesticide in the fields suffered from infertility and testicular damage, and tended to have fewer male babies.

 

17

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.0017 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.0017 ppb for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane 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) 0.2 ppb

The legal limit for 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane, established in 1991, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit does not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to 1,2-dibromo-3-chloropropane exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-04AH56029ND
2012-07-17AH70104ND
2012-10-16AH81880ND
2013-03-12AH90579ND
2013-05-02AI00341ND
2013-08-06AI09276ND
2013-10-07AI19999ND
2014-01-09AI26220ND
2014-04-08AI37323ND
2014-07-09AI45160ND
2014-10-07AI56845ND
2015-01-23AI63333ND
2015-04-10AI74597ND
2015-07-10AI82489ND
2015-10-12AI92660ND
2016-02-10AJ06225ND
2017-05-11AJ55238ND