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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Tifton-Tift County Water System

Ethylbenzene, a component of petroleum, is a volatile cancer-causing chemical primarily used for production of plastics and rubber. Ethylbenzene is also released from gasoline fuel emissions. Read More.

In animal studies, exposure to ethylbenzene causes tumors. Ethylbenzene can also damage lungs, liver, kidneys and the nervous system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylbenzene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

 

36

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND100ND
20151.15 ppb43ND - 2.60 ppb
2016ND40ND
2017ND140ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 300 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 300 ppb for ethylbenzene 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.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 700 ppb

The legal limit for ethylbenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1950s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-05-07AH58214ND
2012-06-11AH66448ND
2013-05-28AI02335ND
2013-05-28AI02334ND
2014-05-20AI40952ND
2014-09-23AI55034ND
2014-09-23AI55035ND
2014-09-23AI55036ND
2014-09-23AI55037ND
2014-09-23AI55038ND
2014-09-23AI55039ND
2014-09-23AI55040ND
2014-10-13AI57351ND
2014-10-13AI57350ND
2015-01-27AI63541ND
2015-04-20AI751952.60 ppb
2015-07-28AI844381.40 ppb
2015-10-27AI998410.580 ppb
2016-01-20AJ04718ND
2016-04-19AJ10518ND
2016-08-02AJ20688ND
2016-11-01AJ32457ND
2017-02-07AJ45891ND
2017-02-07AJ45892ND
2017-02-07AJ45893ND
2017-02-07AJ45894ND
2017-02-07AJ45895ND
2017-02-07AJ45896ND
2017-04-04AJ52604ND
2017-04-04AJ52603ND
2017-07-11AJ59836ND
2017-07-11AJ59837ND
2017-10-16AJ71845ND
2017-10-16AJ71844ND
2017-12-06AJ74967ND
2017-12-06AJ74966ND