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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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p-Dichlorobenzene

Tate-Monroe Water Association PWS

p-Dichlorobenzene is a carcinogenic insecticide used in mothballs, and added to deodorant blocks made for trash cans and toilets. Long-term exposure can cause liver damage and kidney problems.

 

15

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND60ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 6 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 6 ppb for p-dichlorobenzene 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) 75 ppb

The legal limit for p-dichlorobenzene, established in 1987, was based on toxicity studies conducted in laboratory animals in the 1980s. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to p-dichlorobenzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-3112-11125-01BND
2013-01-2813-11079-01BND
2014-02-1214-11749-01BND
2014-02-1214-11751-01BND
2014-03-2414-13498-01ND
2014-05-0714-15514-01ND
2014-07-1514-19235-01ND
2014-10-1314-24108-01ND
2015-01-1415-10536-01BND
2015-01-1415-10535-01BND
2015-04-1415-14643-03ND
2016-03-1416-13691-01BND
2016-04-1316-15293-01ND
2017-01-3117-11691-01BND
2017-04-0417-15671-01ND