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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

Town of Princess Anne

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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23

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND80ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND40ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND10ND
2017ND80ND

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
2012-02-080190002_07_00424ND
2012-02-080190002_08_00424ND
2012-05-170190002_07_00593ND
2012-05-170190002_08_00593ND
2012-07-260190002_08_00312ND
2012-07-260190002_07_00312ND
2012-10-310190002_07_21890ND
2012-10-310190002_08_21890ND
2013-08-140190002_07_00677ND
2013-08-140190002_08_00677ND
2014-07-280190002_07_00408ND
2014-07-280190002_08_00408ND
2014-09-120190002_08_L5251ND
2014-09-120190002_07_L5251ND
2016-03-30E16003664001ND
2017-03-30E17003825004ND
2017-03-30E17003825006ND
2017-04-04L6753780-1ND
2017-04-12L6763074_1VOCND
2017-04-19L6769607-2ND
2017-04-19L67696073ND
2017-04-19L6769607-1ND
2017-06-13L6853722-1ND