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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Fairview Union Water System

Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, or DEHP, is a softener added to PVC plastics. Phthalates are hormone disruptors that target the male reproductive system. Read More.

DEHP can cross the placenta and disrupt steroid hormone synthesis, and may lead to cancer. In laboratory animals, exposure to DEHP during pregnancy harms fetal developmental and causes abnormalities in the male reproductive tract. Human epidemiological studies show certain phthalates, especially DEHP, are associated with reduced anogenital distance in human male infants, which is a measure of adverse developmental effects in human male infants exposed prenatally to endocrine disrupting chemicals. DEHP may also interfere with signaling related to the timing of birth and may have adverse effects on the immune system.

 

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Samples

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Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20100.285 ppb21ND - 0.570 ppb
20111.19 ppb220.850 ppb - 1.52 ppb
20120.355 ppb21ND - 0.710 ppb
20130.555 ppb220.520 ppb - 0.590 ppb
20141.46 ppb111.46 ppb
2015ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion.

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

Health Guideline 3 ppb

The health guideline of 3 ppb for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate was defined by the Environmental Protection Agency as a one-in-a-million lifetime risk of cancer. Values greater than one-in-a-million cancer risk level can result in increased cancer cases above one in a million people.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 6 ppb

The enforceable federal standard that defines the highest level of a contaminant allowed in drinking water.

ppb = parts per billion.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level Goal (MCLG)0 ppb

A non-enforceable federal health guideline. For cancer-causing chemicals, these health goals are typically set to zero.

ppb = parts per billion.

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2010-06-07AD398020.570 ppb
2010-06-07AD398020.570 ppb
2010-12-281012024-10ND
2010-12-281012024-10ND
2011-05-16AD534311.52 ppb
2011-05-16AD534311.52 ppb
2011-11-08AD617160.850 ppb
2011-11-08AD617160.850 ppb
2012-03-19AD644200.710 ppb
2012-03-19AD644200.710 ppb
2012-10-22AD72495ND
2012-10-22AD72495ND
2013-03-25AD763530.590 ppb
2013-03-25AD763530.590 ppb
2013-08-12AD822700.520 ppb
2013-08-12AD822700.520 ppb
2014-04-14AD906051.46 ppb
2014-04-14AD906051.46 ppb
2015-03-0935178883001ND
2015-03-0935178883001ND
2015-10-1235211703001ND
2015-10-1235211703001ND