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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

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Methylene chloride is a common industrial solvent used for paint stripping, vapor degreasing, printing, electronics manufacturing and cleaning. It causes cancer and liver damage in animal studies. Read More.

Surface and groundwater can be contaminated with methylene chloride from industrial releases and landfill leaching. The EPA considers methylene chloride likely carcinogenic to people. Long-term ingestion of drinking water with methylene chloride contamination can cause liver damage and cancer. Occupational exposure to methylene chloride and other solvents has been linked with increased risk of miscarriage. Birth defects have also been observed in studies of laboratory animals exposed to methylene chloride during pregnancy.

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36

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 4 ppb for dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 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 dichloromethane, 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
2012-02-06AD37757ND
2012-02-06AD37758ND
2012-02-23AD39504ND
2012-02-23AD39503ND
2012-02-29AD39501ND
2012-05-25AD49447ND
2013-02-05AD79498ND
2013-02-05AD79499ND
2013-02-20AD80828ND
2013-02-20AD80829ND
2013-03-05AD82342ND
2013-05-21AD90752ND
2014-02-06AE22430ND
2014-02-14AE22385ND
2014-02-14AE22387ND
2014-02-21AE23946ND
2014-02-21AE23943ND
2014-04-23AE29861ND
2015-02-0312395452ND
2015-02-0312395536ND
2015-02-0312395494ND
2015-02-0312395515ND
2015-02-0412395431ND
2015-02-0412395473ND
2016-01-2213746213ND
2016-01-2213746234ND
2016-01-2213746255ND
2016-01-2213746276ND
2016-02-1013864180ND
2016-02-1013864201ND
2017-03-2815787953ND
2017-03-2815787974ND
2017-04-1915928760ND
2017-04-1915928781ND
2017-04-2115928739ND
2017-06-2116249804ND