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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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Xylenes (total)

Atlantic Municipal Utilities

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.

 

9

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20140.900 ppb21ND - 1.80 ppb
20150.900 ppb110.900 ppb
20162.00 ppb112.00 ppb
2017ND10ND
20180.700 ppb110.700 ppb
20198.33 ppb31ND - 25.0 ppb

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

Date Lab ID Result
2014-07-0120608661.80 ppb
2014-07-082069657ND
2015-07-14OE2673980.900 ppb
2016-07-26OE4066412.00 ppb
2017-07-05OE532965ND
2018-07-10OE6816180.700 ppb
2019-07-10OE83305225.0 ppb
2019-08-26OE856494ND
2019-10-02OE874319ND