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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

NJ American Water - Western

Toluene is a volatile solvent that harms the nervous and immune systems, damages the liver and may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Read More.

Toluene is a petroleum-derived chemical found in gasoline and used as a solvent in paints, adhesives and cleaning supplies. Toluene is highly neurotoxic. Exposure can cause fatigue and nausea, and may lead to nervous system disorders.

 

96

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND140ND
2013ND130ND
2014ND230ND
2015ND120ND
2016ND110ND
2017ND230ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 150 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for toluene 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) 1,000 ppb

The legal limit for toluene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-0915775101ND
2012-01-1315782201ND
2012-01-1315777701ND
2012-03-3116283007ND
2012-04-2016281807ND
2012-04-2016285505ND
2012-06-1316755301ND
2012-07-1318953101ND
2012-07-1318953901ND
2012-07-2516829001ND
2012-10-0220225501ND
2012-10-0519786901ND
2012-10-1018006001ND
2012-10-1019791401ND
2013-01-0320693501ND
2013-01-0720694801ND
2013-02-1220985601ND
2013-04-0121565101ND
2013-04-0521564301ND
2013-04-0521568401ND
2013-07-0122686901ND
2013-07-0122690901ND
2013-07-0522687801ND
2013-10-0423584201ND
2013-10-0423580301ND
2013-10-1123581101ND
2013-11-0424291701ND
2014-01-0824568901ND
2014-01-1024572101ND
2014-01-1024568501ND
2014-04-0425405401ND
2014-04-0425401901ND
2014-05-0925402501ND
2014-06-1225801901ND
2014-06-1225400501ND
2014-06-1225399301ND
2014-06-1225400301ND
2014-06-1225403201ND
2014-06-1325795901ND
2014-07-1126204001ND
2014-07-22201407310131ND
2014-07-2925403401ND
2014-07-2925801501ND
2014-07-2925402701ND
2014-08-0826701601ND
2014-08-0826700601ND
2014-09-0526862701ND
2014-10-0327234801ND
2014-10-0327232601ND
2014-10-1027232701ND
2015-01-0927865201ND
2015-01-2927865701ND
2015-04-0228547801ND
2015-04-0228548101ND
2015-06-0329613601ND
2015-06-0929359201ND
2015-07-1029728901ND
2015-07-1029731701ND
2015-07-2729729401ND
2015-10-0230514101ND
2015-10-0230511201ND
2015-10-0930511801ND
2016-01-0831139601ND
2016-01-1931135501ND
2016-01-2031137401ND
2016-04-0131821101ND
2016-04-0131818301ND
2016-07-0832851501ND
2016-07-0832853101ND
2016-08-0833098201ND
2016-10-0733558001ND
2016-10-1733557501ND
2016-12-2233560001ND
2017-01-0534460101ND
2017-01-0634461801ND
2017-01-0634462501ND
2017-04-1335355101ND
2017-04-1335356101ND
2017-04-1335355301ND
2017-04-1335354501ND
2017-06-2335986501ND
2017-06-2635349301ND
2017-07-0335352801ND
2017-07-0335990301ND
2017-07-0335991401ND
2017-07-0335991201ND
2017-07-1736533501ND
2017-07-1736533701ND
2017-07-1736803301ND
2017-07-2136533301ND
2017-07-2136532901ND
2017-07-2535353001ND
2017-08-3037194801ND
2017-08-3037194201ND
2017-10-1337519501ND
2017-10-2037520101ND