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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

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Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene. Read More.

To protect against cancer risks, California set a public health goal for benzene in drinking water at 0.15 parts per billion, 30 times lower than the federal legal limit of 5 parts per billion.

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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 0.15 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.15 ppb for benzene 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 benzene, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to benzene exposure.

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
2015-02-0312395466ND
2015-02-0312395550ND
2015-02-0312395508ND
2015-02-0312395529ND
2015-02-0412395445ND
2015-02-0412395487ND
2016-01-2213746227ND
2016-01-2213746248ND
2016-01-2213746269ND
2016-01-2213746290ND
2016-02-1013864194ND
2016-02-1013864215ND
2017-03-2815787967ND
2017-03-2815787988ND
2017-04-1915928774ND
2017-04-1915928795ND
2017-04-2115928753ND
2017-06-2116249818ND