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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

City of Gulfport

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.”

 

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Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20121.20 ppb95ND - 4.40 ppb
20130.556 ppb313ND - 14.0 ppb
20140.0827 ppb142ND - 0.613 ppb
20150.493 ppb131ND - 6.41 ppb
20160.112 ppb101ND - 1.12 ppb
20170.0518 ppb121ND - 0.622 ppb

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
2012-01-30120131-013VO1.44 ppb
2012-04-04120405-006VO3.18 ppb
2012-08-20120821-007VOND
2012-08-20120821-006VOND
2012-08-22120823-008VOND
2012-09-25120926-008VOND
2012-10-15121016-008VO0.860 ppb
2012-10-15121016-007VO0.893 ppb
2012-10-16121017-001VO4.40 ppb
2013-01-22130123-007VOND
2013-01-24130125-003VOND
2013-01-24130125-004VOND
2013-04-18130419-003VO1.88 ppb
2013-04-18130419-002VOND
2013-04-18130419-001VOND
2013-05-29130530-013VOND
2013-06-18130619-009VOND
2013-06-18130619-013VOND
2013-06-18130619-012VOND
2013-06-18130619-011VOND
2013-06-18130619-010VOND
2013-06-18130619-014VOND
2013-06-18130619-020VOND
2013-06-18130619-016VOND
2013-06-18130619-015VOND
2013-06-18130619-021VOND
2013-06-18130619-019VOND
2013-06-18130619-018VOND
2013-06-18130619-017VOND
2013-06-24130626-004VOND
2013-06-25130626-003VOND
2013-06-25130626-002VOND
2013-06-25130626-001VOND
2013-07-18130719-001VO14.0 ppb
2013-07-18130719-009VOND
2013-07-18130719-010VOND
2013-10-21131022-028VOND
2013-10-21131022-027VOND
2013-10-21131022-026VOND
2013-10-21131022-012VO1.36 ppb
2014-01-21140122-024VOND
2014-01-21140122-002VOND
2014-01-21140122-001VOND
2014-04-17140418-003VOND
2014-04-17140418-002VO0.545 ppb
2014-04-17140418-001VOND
2014-06-11140612-009VOND
2014-06-11140612-008VOND
2014-08-13140814-003VOND
2014-08-13140814-004VOND
2014-08-13140814-005VOND
2014-10-15141016-016VO0.613 ppb
2014-10-15141016-015VOND
2014-10-15141016-014VOND
2015-02-24150225-009VO6.41 ppb
2015-02-24150225-010VOND
2015-02-24150225-011VOND
2015-04-23150424-009VOND
2015-04-23150424-008VOND
2015-04-23150424-007VOND
2015-07-01150702-002VOND
2015-07-23150724-005VOND
2015-07-23150724-006VOND
2015-07-23150724-007VOND
2015-10-27151028-010VOND
2015-10-27151028-009VOND
2015-10-27151028-008VOND
2016-02-24160225-002VOND
2016-02-24160225-003VOND
2016-02-24160225-004VOND
2016-05-17160518-026VOND
2016-05-17160518-025VOND
2016-05-17160518-024VOND
2016-07-19160720-001VOND
2016-07-19160720-002VOND
2016-07-19160720-003VO1.12 ppb
2016-12-06161207-003VOND
2017-02-27170228-019VOND
2017-02-27170228-018VOND
2017-02-27170228-020VOND
2017-05-18170519-003VOND
2017-05-18170519-002VOND
2017-05-18170519-001VOND
2017-07-26170727-003VOND
2017-07-26170727-001VO0.622 ppb
2017-07-26170727-002VOND
2017-11-02171103-004VOND
2017-11-02171103-003VOND
2017-11-02171103-002VOND