EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE



Glen Gardner Water Department

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.





Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)


Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20121.85 ppb32ND - 3.83 ppb
20130.403 ppb42ND - 1.18 ppb
20140.205 ppb21ND - 0.410 ppb
20153.35 ppb21ND - 6.70 ppb
20160.900 ppb110.900 ppb
20171.10 ppb111.10 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
2012-07-10L4200772-13.83 ppb
2012-10-05L4321652-11.73 ppb
2013-01-07L4421037-10.430 ppb
2013-10-21L4761557-11.18 ppb
2014-01-07L4860998-10.410 ppb
2015-09-08L5640210-16.70 ppb
2016-07-21L6317663-10.900 ppb
2017-08-03L6857830-11.10 ppb