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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2021 UPDATE

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MTBE

Oblates of St. Francis

MTBE was used as gasoline oxygenation additive to boost the octane number. In 2005, MTBE was replaced by ethanol as a gasoline additive. MTBE causes cancers in rats.

 

6

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2014ND40ND
2015ND10ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND10ND
2018N/A00N/A
2019N/A00N/A

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 13 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 13 ppb for MTBE 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.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2014-02-251071359_01_03819ND
2014-04-041071359_01_04372ND
2014-07-111071359_01_00013ND
2014-11-031071359_01_00166ND
2015-01-151071359_01_00220ND
2017-06-09E17004877001ND