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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate

United Wappinger Water Improvement District

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.

 

34

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012N/A00N/A
2013ND100ND
2014ND130ND
2015N/A00N/A
2016ND60ND
2017ND50ND

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
2013-06-05AT13975ND
2013-06-05AT13978ND
2013-06-05MB13986ND
2013-06-05AT13975ND
2013-06-05HT13979ND
2013-06-05HT13980ND
2013-06-05AT13977ND
2013-06-05AT13976ND
2013-06-05MB13983ND
2013-06-12AT11021ND
2014-12-0912101426CND
2014-12-0912101426-W4ND
2014-12-0912101426HND
2014-12-0912101426-W6ND
2014-12-0912101426ND
2014-12-0912101426-W5ND
2014-12-0912101426-W3ND
2014-12-0912101427CND
2014-12-0912101427ND
2014-12-0912101427AND
2014-12-0912101426AND
2014-12-0912101426END
2014-12-0912101426-W1ND
2016-07-12UW161554ND
2016-07-12UW161556ND
2016-07-12UW161553ND
2016-07-12UW161552ND
2016-07-12UW161555ND
2016-07-12UW161551ND
2017-11-28UW172961SND
2017-11-28UW172962SND
2017-11-28UW172963SND
2017-11-28UW172959KND
2017-11-28UW172958KND