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Heptachlor

Philadelphia Water Department

Heptachlor is an insecticide used for termite control until 1988. It is linked to cancer, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity.

 

21

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND30ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND60ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.008 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.008 ppb for heptachlor 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) 0.4 ppb

The legal limit for heptachlor, established in 1991, 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 heptachlor exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-04-026604134ND
2012-04-026604132ND
2012-04-026604133ND
2014-04-077422122ND
2014-04-077422120ND
2014-04-077422118ND
2014-08-197572176ND
2014-08-197572174ND
2014-08-197572178ND
2015-06-1012888345ND
2015-06-1012888321ND
2015-06-1012888369ND
2016-06-0314411775ND
2016-06-0314411750ND
2016-06-0314411725ND
2017-05-1616101004ND
2017-05-1616100979ND
2017-05-1616100954ND
2017-07-2416420642ND
2017-07-2416420617ND
2017-07-2416420592ND