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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Town of Iota 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.”

 

16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND60ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND60ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND40ND

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
2012-06-25AD66847ND
2012-06-25AD66847ND
2012-07-09AD67364ND
2012-07-09AD67365ND
2012-07-09AD67365ND
2012-07-09AD67364ND
2015-08-0335200643003ND
2015-08-0335200643002ND
2015-08-0335200643001ND
2015-08-0335200643002ND
2015-08-0335200643003ND
2015-08-0335200643001ND
2017-02-0335293758006ND
2017-02-0335293758006ND
2017-03-0935300470006ND
2017-03-0935300470006ND