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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

City of Nampa

Methylene chloride is a common industrial solvent used for paint stripping, vapor degreasing, printing, electronics manufacturing and cleaning. It causes cancer and liver damage in animal studies. Read More.

Surface and groundwater can be contaminated with methylene chloride from industrial releases and landfill leaching. The EPA considers methylene chloride likely carcinogenic to people. Long-term ingestion of drinking water with methylene chloride contamination can cause liver damage and cancer. Occupational exposure to methylene chloride and other solvents has been linked with increased risk of miscarriage. Birth defects have also been observed in studies of laboratory animals exposed to methylene chloride during pregnancy.

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24

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND50ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND130ND
2017ND50ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 4 ppb for dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 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) 5 ppb

The legal limit for dichloromethane, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-29V58591ND
2013-12-04V1351135ND
2013-12-05V1351273ND
2013-12-12V1352283ND
2013-12-19V1353252ND
2013-12-19V1353246ND
2016-04-20V1616221ND
2016-07-20V1632285ND
2016-10-07V1646180ND
2016-11-17V1652977ND
2016-11-17V1652982ND
2016-11-17V1652993ND
2016-11-17V1652971ND
2016-11-17V1652973ND
2016-11-17V1652975ND
2016-11-17V1652985ND
2016-11-17V1652987ND
2016-11-17V1652991ND
2016-11-17V1652995ND
2017-01-31V1703805ND
2017-01-31V1703804ND
2017-04-11V1714411ND
2017-08-09V1735777ND
2017-10-18V1748770ND