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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

Northampton Bucks County Municipal Authority

Toluene is a volatile solvent that harms the nervous and immune systems, damages the liver and may increase the risk of miscarriage and birth defects. Read More.

Toluene is a petroleum-derived chemical found in gasoline and used as a solvent in paints, adhesives and cleaning supplies. Toluene is highly neurotoxic. Exposure can cause fatigue and nausea, and may lead to nervous system disorders.

 

94

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND120ND
2013ND120ND
2014ND230ND
2015ND150ND
2016ND110ND
2017ND210ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 150 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 150 ppb for toluene 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) 1,000 ppb

The legal limit for toluene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1980s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-02-28L4066896-1ND
2012-03-07L4061769-1ND
2012-05-23L4168750-1ND
2012-05-23L4168751-1ND
2012-06-06L3257952-3ND
2012-06-06L3257952-1ND
2012-06-06L3257952-2ND
2012-06-06L3257952-4ND
2012-08-16L4291049-1ND
2012-08-16L4291049-2ND
2012-11-15L4392086-2ND
2012-11-15L4392086-1ND
2013-03-05L3661861-2ND
2013-03-05L3661861-1ND
2013-05-14L2391330-1ND
2013-05-14L2286687-1ND
2013-07-02L1595500-2ND
2013-07-02L1595500-4ND
2013-07-02L1595500-1ND
2013-07-02L1595500-3ND
2013-08-08L4725530-1ND
2013-08-08L4725529-1ND
2013-11-19L4836093-1ND
2013-11-19L4836092-1ND
2014-02-25L4951918-1ND
2014-02-25L4951922-1ND
2014-05-20L4690565-1ND
2014-05-20L4799412-1ND
2014-07-17L5163463-13ND
2014-07-17L5163463-1ND
2014-07-17L5163463-2ND
2014-07-17L5163463-15ND
2014-07-17L5163463-3ND
2014-07-17L5163463-14ND
2014-07-17L5163463-4ND
2014-07-17L5163463-7ND
2014-07-17L5163463-6ND
2014-07-17L5163463-5ND
2014-07-17L5163463-12ND
2014-07-17L5163463-10ND
2014-07-17L5163463-11ND
2014-07-17L5163463-9ND
2014-07-17L5163463-8ND
2014-08-15L4359849-1ND
2014-08-15L4460454-1ND
2014-12-04L5352437-1ND
2014-12-04L5352436-1ND
2015-02-1012390498ND
2015-02-1012390444ND
2015-05-1112738446ND
2015-05-1112738500ND
2015-07-0913859335ND
2015-07-0913859389ND
2015-07-0913859443ND
2015-08-1913123842ND
2015-08-1913123896ND
2015-08-2813124417ND
2015-11-2013503436ND
2015-11-2013503382ND
2015-11-2013503598ND
2015-11-2013503544ND
2015-11-2013503490ND
2016-02-2313975171ND
2016-02-2313975118ND
2016-02-2313975065ND
2016-02-2313975012ND
2016-02-2313974959ND
2016-05-2414237919ND
2016-07-2114555730ND
2016-07-2114555782ND
2016-07-2114555678ND
2016-07-2114555626ND
2016-08-3014892522ND
2017-02-2715644186ND
2017-06-0716243975ND
2017-08-0116551834ND
2017-08-0116551782ND
2017-08-0116552094ND
2017-08-0116551886ND
2017-08-0116552042ND
2017-08-0116551990ND
2017-08-0116552146ND
2017-08-0116551938ND
2017-08-1716553068ND
2017-08-1716553120ND
2017-08-1716553016ND
2017-08-1716553172ND
2017-08-1716553276ND
2017-08-1716553224ND
2017-08-2416552936ND
2017-08-2416552832ND
2017-08-2416552780ND
2017-08-2416552728ND
2017-08-2416552884ND