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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

Carson City Public Works

Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene. Read More.

To protect against cancer risks, California set a public health goal for benzene in drinking water at 0.15 parts per billion, 30 times lower than the federal legal limit of 5 parts per billion.

Click here to read more about carcinogenic VOCs.

 

96

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND530ND
2013ND80ND
2014ND40ND
2015ND260ND
2016ND10ND
2017ND40ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.15 ppb for benzene 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.

EPA Maximum Contaminant
Level (MCL) 5 ppb

The legal limit for benzene, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to benzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-06-18201206210177-VND
2012-06-182012-6210175-VND
2012-06-18201206210181-VND
2012-06-18201206210171-VND
2012-06-18201206210173-VND
2012-06-18201206210179-VND
2012-06-19201206220025-VND
2012-06-19201206210314-VND
2012-06-19201206220010-VND
2012-06-19201206220012-VND
2012-06-21201206220323-VND
2012-06-21201206220321-VND
2012-06-25201206170436-VND
2012-06-25201206270216-VND
2012-06-25201206270510-VND
2012-06-25201206270444-VND
2012-06-25201206270438-VND
2012-06-25201206270244-VND
2012-06-25201206270434-VND
2012-07-11201207130064-VND
2012-07-12201207140141-VND
2012-07-12201207140139-VND
2012-08-07201208100589-VND
2012-08-07201208100440-VND
2012-08-08201208100396-VND
2012-08-08201208100442-VND
2012-08-15201208170498-VND
2012-08-15201208170343-VND
2012-08-15201208170411-VND
2012-08-27201208300178-VND
2012-08-27201208300180-VND
2012-08-27201208300158-VND
2012-09-11201209130773-VND
2012-09-11201209130709-VND
2012-09-11201209130775-VND
2012-09-11201209130771-VND
2012-09-12201209130715-VND
2012-09-12201209150030-VND
2012-09-12201209140297-VND
2012-09-12201209150004-VND
2012-09-12201209150006-VND
2012-09-12201209150221-VND
2012-09-18201209200727-VND
2012-09-18201209200453-VND
2012-09-19201209200729-VND
2012-09-20201209220112-VND
2012-09-20201209220114-VND
2012-10-01201210020385-VND
2012-10-01201210020301-VND
2012-10-02201210030297-VND
2012-10-02201210040117-VND
2012-10-22201210230058-VND
2012-11-13201211150453-VND
2013-05-13201305140672-VND
2013-06-18201306190582-VND
2013-06-26201306270194-VND
2013-07-18201307200001-VND
2013-08-28201308290498-VND
2013-09-09201309100461-VND
2013-09-25201309260254-VND
2013-09-30201310010188-VND
2014-02-24201402260926-VND
2014-05-27201405280593-VND
2014-07-01201407020370ND
2014-09-04201409050252ND
2015-05-19201505210341VND
2015-05-19201505210480VND
2015-05-19201505210388VND
2015-05-19201505210392VND
2015-05-20201505210405-VOCND
2015-05-20201505210412VND
2015-05-20201505210403VND
2015-05-21201505220247-VOCND
2015-05-21201505220202VND
2015-05-21201505220242VND
2015-06-01201506030333-VOCND
2015-06-012015506030247-VOND
2015-06-01201506030355-VOCND
2015-06-01201506030407-VOCND
2015-06-09201506120278-VOCND
2015-06-09201506120280-VOCND
2015-06-11201506120209-VOCND
2015-06-11201506120140-VOCND
2015-06-29201506300124-VOCND
2015-06-29201506300177-VOCND
2015-06-30201507160442-VOCND
2015-06-30201507010430-VOCND
2015-08-03201508040410-VOCND
2015-08-04201508050421-VOCND
2015-08-10201508110263-VOCND
2015-09-15201509020134-VOCND
2016-06-22201606230265-VOCND
2017-05-15201705160571ND
2017-05-16201705170782-VOCND
2017-05-23201705240769ND
2017-06-21201706220614ND