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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

City of Liberal

Toluene is a volatile solvent that harms the nervous and immune systems, damages the liver and may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Read More.

Toluene is a petroleum-derived chemical found in gasoline and used as a solvent in paints, adhesives and cleaning supplies. Toluene is highly neurotoxic. Exposure can cause fatigue and nausea, and may lead to nervous system disorders.

 

17

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND80ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND90ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 150 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for toluene 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) 1,000 ppb

The legal limit for toluene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-11-17232909ND
2014-11-17232911ND
2014-11-17232899ND
2014-11-17232907ND
2014-11-17232903ND
2014-11-17232905ND
2014-11-17232901ND
2014-11-17232913ND
2017-11-07873209_PACEND
2017-11-07873202_PACEND
2017-11-07873205_PACEND
2017-11-07873205ND
2017-11-07873171_PACEND
2017-11-07873170_PACEND
2017-11-07873169_PACEND
2017-11-07873172_PACEND
2017-11-07873204_PACEND