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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Oyster Bay Water District

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.”

 

182

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND320ND
2013ND320ND
2014ND310ND
2015ND160ND
2016ND310ND
2017ND400ND

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
2012-01-041201060-001A-POCND
2012-02-071202239-001A-POCND
2012-02-291202982-001-POCSND
2012-02-291202982-005-POCSND
2012-02-291202982-002-POCSND
2012-02-291202982-004-POCSND
2012-02-291202982-003-POCSND
2012-03-061203167-001A-POCND
2012-04-10104385-001A-POCSND
2012-05-011205064-001A-POCND
2012-05-291205B26-001-POCSND
2012-05-291205B26-002-POCSND
2012-05-291205B26-005-POCSND
2012-05-291205B26-004-POCSND
2012-05-291205B26-003-POCSND
2012-06-201206845-001A-POCND
2012-07-241207B14-001A-POCND
2012-08-141208853-001A-POCND
2012-09-111209462-001A-POCND
2012-09-171209795-003-POCSND
2012-09-171209795-004-POCSND
2012-09-171209795-005-POCSND
2012-09-171209795-002-POCSND
2012-09-171209795-001-POCSND
2012-10-091210463-001A-POCND
2012-11-141211578-001A-POCND
2012-11-271211B12-004-POCSND
2012-11-271211B12-002-POCSND
2012-11-271211B12-005-POCSND
2012-11-271211B12-001-POCSND
2012-11-271211B12-003-POCSND
2012-12-171212866-001A-POCND
2013-01-151301650-001A-POCND
2013-02-121302408-001A-POCND
2013-03-051303134-004-POCSND
2013-03-051303134-005-POCSND
2013-03-051303134-001-POCSND
2013-03-051303134-002-POCSND
2013-03-051303134-003-POCSND
2013-03-271303D04-001A-POCND
2013-04-161304942-001A-POCND
2013-05-081305379-001A-POCND
2013-06-071306365-001-POCSND
2013-06-191306A33-002-POCSND
2013-06-191306A33-003-POCSND
2013-06-191306A33-004-POCSND
2013-06-191306A33-001-POCSND
2013-06-191306A33-005-POCSND
2013-07-101307477-001-POCSND
2013-08-271308E22-001-POCSND
2013-09-111309562-004-POCSND
2013-09-111309562-003-POCSND
2013-09-111309562-005-POCSND
2013-09-111309562-001-POCSND
2013-09-111309562-002-POCSND
2013-09-171309958-001-POCSND
2013-10-141310777-001-POCSND
2013-11-131311601-001-POCSND
2013-12-041312158-001-POCSND
2013-12-181312990-004-POCSND
2013-12-181312990-002-POCSND
2013-12-181312990-003-POCSND
2013-12-181312990-001-POCSND
2013-12-301312E04-001-POCSND
2014-01-211401843-001-POCSND
2014-02-111402492-001-POCSND
2014-03-051403199-001-POCSND
2014-03-181403C52-001-POCSND
2014-03-181403C52-004-POCSND
2014-03-1803C52-005-POCSND
2014-03-181403C52-003-POCSND
2014-03-181403C52-002-POCSND
2014-04-081404646-001-POCSND
2014-04-221404F72-004-POCSND
2014-04-221404F65-001ND
2014-04-221404F72-001-POCSND
2014-04-221404F72-002-POCSND
2014-04-221404F72-003-POCSND
2014-05-271405J26-001-POCSND
2014-06-171406B90-001-POCSND
2014-07-231407G76-001-POCSND
2014-08-181408B68-007-POCSND
2014-09-101409716-001-POCSND
2014-09-231409H36-004-POCSND
2014-09-231409H36-003-POCSND
2014-09-231409H36-005-POCSND
2014-09-231409H36-001-POCSND
2014-09-231409H36-002-POCSND
2014-10-301410J92-001-POCSND
2014-12-031412213-001-POCSND
2014-12-031412213-005-POCSND
2014-12-031412213-003-POCSND
2014-12-031412213-002-POCSND
2014-12-031412213-004-POCSND
2014-12-161412B34-001-POCSND
2015-01-201501A62-001-POCSND
2015-02-111502655-001-POCSND
2015-03-041503213-001-POCSND
2015-03-041503213-003-POCSND
2015-03-041503213-002-POCSND
2015-03-041503213-004-POCSND
2015-03-041503213-005-POCSND
2015-03-091503478-001-POCSND
2015-04-011504003-001-POCSND
2015-05-181505C34-001-POCSND
2015-05-201505E59-002-POCSND
2015-05-201505E59-001-POCSND
2015-05-201505E59-003-POCSND
2015-05-201505E59-004-POCSND
2015-05-201505E59-005-POCSND
2015-06-031506225-001-POCSND
2016-01-271601H95-001ND
2016-02-241502E28-001ND
2016-03-151603B65-001ND
2016-03-301603O03-005ND
2016-03-301603O03-003ND
2016-03-301603O03-002ND
2016-03-301603O03-001ND
2016-03-301603O03-004ND
2016-04-191604G74-001ND
2016-06-151606E92-004ND
2016-06-151606E92-005ND
2016-06-151606E92-002ND
2016-06-151606E92-001ND
2016-06-151606E92-003ND
2016-06-241605L69-001ND
2016-07-191607E62-001ND
2016-08-241608N05-001ND
2016-09-131609895-001-POCND
2016-09-261609L71-004-POCND
2016-09-261609L71-003-POCND
2016-09-261609L71-005-POCND
2016-09-291609L71-002-POCND
2016-09-291609L71-001-POCND
2016-10-24702735006ND
2016-11-07703821001-POCND
2016-11-21705054001ND
2016-11-21705054005ND
2016-11-21705054004ND
2016-11-21705054002ND
2016-11-21705054003ND
2016-12-19707151001ND
2017-01-18709324001-POCND
2017-02-13701114001-POCND
2017-03-207013675001-POCND
2017-03-297014366002-POCND
2017-03-297014366004ND
2017-03-297014366003-POCND
2017-03-297014366005-POCND
2017-03-297014366001-POCND
2017-04-177015995001ND
2017-06-207021777001-POCSND
2017-06-217021951004-POCND
2017-06-217021951002-POCND
2017-06-217021951008-POCND
2017-06-217021951010-POCND
2017-06-217021951006-POCND
2017-06-277022475003-POCSND
2017-06-277022475001-POCSND
2017-06-277022475005-POCSND
2017-06-277022475002-POCSND
2017-06-277022475004-POCSND
2017-07-252902844-POCSND
2017-08-227027829001-POCND
2017-09-197030333001-POCND
2017-09-277031121004-POCND
2017-09-277031121001-POCSND
2017-09-277031121005-POCND
2017-09-277031121002-POCND
2017-09-277031121003-POCND
2017-10-117032516001-POCND
2017-11-287036579001-POCND
2017-12-207038629001-POCND
2017-12-277039161004-POCND
2017-12-277039108003-POCND
2017-12-277039108002-POCND
2017-12-277039108004-POCND
2017-12-277039161001-POCND
2017-12-277039161003-POCND
2017-12-277039108005-POCND
2017-12-277039161005-POCND
2017-12-277039108001-POCND