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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

Emmaus Borough Public Water

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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120

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND200ND
2013ND200ND
2014ND200ND
2015ND200ND
2016ND200ND
2017ND200ND

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
2012-02-16120007141ND
2012-02-16120007142ND
2012-02-16120007143ND
2012-02-16120007144ND
2012-02-16120007138ND
2012-02-16120007139ND
2012-02-16120007140ND
2012-02-16120007137ND
2012-05-15120019152ND
2012-05-15120019149ND
2012-05-15120019150ND
2012-05-15120019148ND
2012-08-06120032374ND
2012-08-06120032371ND
2012-08-06120032372ND
2012-08-06120032370ND
2012-11-13120047634ND
2012-11-13120047631ND
2012-11-13120047632ND
2012-11-13120047630ND
2013-02-21130008326ND
2013-02-21130008327ND
2013-02-21130008328ND
2013-02-21130008329ND
2013-02-21130008323ND
2013-02-21130008324ND
2013-02-21130008325ND
2013-02-21130008322ND
2013-05-20130020737ND
2013-05-20130020734ND
2013-05-20130020735ND
2013-05-20130020733ND
2013-08-22130037438ND
2013-08-22130037435ND
2013-08-22130037436ND
2013-08-22130037434ND
2013-11-26130052992ND
2013-11-26130052989ND
2013-11-26130052990ND
2013-11-26130052988ND
2014-02-26140008220ND
2014-02-26140008221ND
2014-02-26140008222ND
2014-02-26140008223ND
2014-02-26140008217ND
2014-02-26140008218ND
2014-02-26140008219ND
2014-02-26140008216ND
2014-05-27140021794ND
2014-05-27140021791ND
2014-05-27140021792ND
2014-05-27140021790ND
2014-08-28140038937ND
2014-08-28140038934ND
2014-08-28140038935ND
2014-08-28140038933ND
2014-11-25140053580ND
2014-11-25140053577ND
2014-11-25140053578ND
2014-11-25140053576ND
2015-02-2412434966ND
2015-02-2412434988ND
2015-02-2412435009ND
2015-02-2412435030ND
2015-02-2412434900ND
2015-02-2412434921ND
2015-02-2412434943ND
2015-02-2412434879ND
2015-05-2712788719ND
2015-05-2712788662ND
2015-05-2712788684ND
2015-05-2712788641ND
2015-08-2613301774ND
2015-08-2613301728ND
2015-08-2613301749ND
2015-08-2613301707ND
2015-11-2313548696ND
2015-11-2313548560ND
2015-11-2313548583ND
2015-11-2313548539ND
2016-03-0714020476ND
2016-03-0714020498ND
2016-03-0714020519ND
2016-03-0714020540ND
2016-03-0714020409ND
2016-03-0714020430ND
2016-03-0714020451ND
2016-03-0714020388ND
2016-05-2414296597ND
2016-05-2414296565ND
2016-05-2414618839ND
2016-05-2414296553ND
2016-08-3014785478ND
2016-08-3014785438ND
2016-08-3014785455ND
2016-08-3014785418ND
2016-11-1715267411ND
2016-11-1715267367ND
2016-11-1715267397ND
2016-11-1715267345ND
2017-03-0715836135ND
2017-03-0715836140ND
2017-03-0715836141ND
2017-03-0715836142ND
2017-03-0715836136ND
2017-03-0715836137ND
2017-03-0715836138ND
2017-03-0715836139ND
2017-05-2416142635ND
2017-05-2416142636ND
2017-05-2416142637ND
2017-05-2416142638ND
2017-08-3116612350ND
2017-08-3116612351ND
2017-08-3116612352ND
2017-08-3116612353ND
2017-11-0917345802ND
2017-11-0917345803ND
2017-11-0917345804ND
2017-11-0917345805ND