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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

Charlotte Water

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.

 

48

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND100ND
2013ND80ND
2014N/A00N/A
2015ND150ND
2016N/A00N/A
2017ND150ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 3 ppb

The EWG 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.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 6 ppb

The legal limit for di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, 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
2012-02-092589818ND
2012-02-092589824ND
2012-02-092589830ND
2012-02-092589836ND
2012-02-092589812ND
2012-08-072689114ND
2012-08-072689120ND
2012-08-072689126ND
2012-08-072689132ND
2012-08-072689138ND
2013-03-27201303290113ND
2013-03-27201303290111ND
2013-03-27201303290112ND
2013-06-25201306260245ND
2013-06-25201306260261ND
2013-06-25201306260199ND
2013-09-04201309050362ND
2013-09-04201309060280ND
2015-06-25ND
2015-06-25ND
2015-06-25ND
2015-06-25ND
2015-06-25ND
2015-08-17ND
2015-08-17ND
2015-08-17ND
2015-08-17ND
2015-08-17ND
2015-11-17ND
2015-11-17ND
2015-11-17ND
2015-11-17ND
2015-11-17ND
2017-02-0992329527001SOCND
2017-02-0992329527005SOCND
2017-02-0992329527004SOCND
2017-02-0992329527003SOCND
2017-02-0992329527002SOCND
2017-05-1092340277005SOCND
2017-05-1092340277004SOCND
2017-05-1092340277003SOCND
2017-05-1092340277002SOCND
2017-05-1092340277001SOCND
2017-07-0592346756001SOCND
2017-07-0592346756002SOCND
2017-07-0592346756003SOCND
2017-07-0592346756004SOCND
2017-07-0592346756005SOCND