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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

Philadelphia Water Department

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.

 

78

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

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

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
2012-02-08DW120208-001ND
2012-02-08DW120208-003ND
2012-02-08DW120208-000ND
2012-05-09DW120509-003ND
2012-05-09DW120509-000ND
2012-05-09DW120509-001ND
2012-08-15DW120815-003ND
2012-08-15DW120815-001ND
2012-08-15DW120815-000ND
2012-11-14DW121114-001ND
2012-11-14DW121114-003ND
2012-11-14DW121114-000ND
2013-02-13DW130213-000ND
2013-02-13DW130213-003ND
2013-02-13DW130213-001ND
2013-05-08DW130508-001ND
2013-05-08DW130508-003ND
2013-05-08DW130508-000ND
2013-08-14DW130814-003ND
2013-08-14DW130814-001ND
2013-08-14DW130814-000ND
2013-12-117311719ND
2013-12-117311718ND
2013-12-117311717ND
2014-02-12DW140212-000ND
2014-02-12DW140212-001ND
2014-02-12DW140212-003ND
2014-05-147468948ND
2014-05-147463348ND
2014-05-147463349ND
2014-05-147468949ND
2014-05-147463350ND
2014-05-147468950ND
2014-08-137570046ND
2014-08-137570048ND
2014-08-137570047ND
2014-11-19DW141119-019ND
2014-11-19DW141119-038ND
2014-11-19DW141119-002ND
2015-02-1112406505ND
2015-02-1112406545ND
2015-02-1112406525ND
2015-05-1312754277ND
2015-05-1312754297ND
2015-05-1312754317ND
2015-08-1213140284ND
2015-08-1213140304ND
2015-08-1213140324ND
2015-11-1813518605ND
2015-11-1813518625ND
2015-11-1813518645ND
2016-02-1013874739ND
2016-02-1013874719ND
2016-02-1013874699ND
2016-05-1114257240ND
2016-05-1114257200ND
2016-05-1114257220ND
2016-08-1014741981ND
2016-08-1014742021ND
2016-08-1014742001ND
2016-11-0915231717ND
2016-11-0915231757ND
2016-11-0915231737ND
2017-02-0815661994ND
2017-02-0815662034ND
2017-02-0815662014ND
2017-05-1016100837ND
2017-05-1016101797ND
2017-05-1016101817ND
2017-05-1016100857ND
2017-05-1016101777ND
2017-05-1016100817ND
2017-08-0916572490ND
2017-08-0916572530ND
2017-08-0916572510ND
2017-11-0817029224ND
2017-11-0817029204ND
2017-11-0817029184ND