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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

Emmaus Borough Public Water

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.

 

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 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
2012-02-16120007141ND
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
2015-02-2412434975ND
2015-02-2412434997ND
2015-02-2412435018ND
2015-02-2412435039ND
2015-02-2412434909ND
2015-02-2412434930ND
2015-02-2412434952ND
2015-02-2412434888ND
2015-05-2712788720ND
2015-05-2712788671ND
2015-05-2712788693ND
2015-05-2712788650ND
2015-08-2613301783ND
2015-08-2613301737ND
2015-08-2613301758ND
2015-08-2613301716ND
2015-11-2313548705ND
2015-11-2313548569ND
2015-11-2313548592ND
2015-11-2313548548ND
2016-03-0714020485ND
2016-03-0714020507ND
2016-03-0714020528ND
2016-03-0714020549ND
2016-03-0714020418ND
2016-03-0714020439ND
2016-03-0714020460ND
2016-03-0714020397ND
2016-05-2414296578ND
2016-05-2414296563ND
2016-05-2414618846ND
2016-05-2414296547ND
2016-08-3014785495ND
2016-08-3014785444ND
2016-08-3014785465ND
2016-08-3014785428ND
2016-11-1715267425ND
2016-11-1715267365ND
2016-11-1715267393ND
2016-11-1715267355ND
2017-03-0715836143ND
2017-03-0715836148ND
2017-03-0715836149ND
2017-03-0715836150ND
2017-03-0715836144ND
2017-03-0715836145ND
2017-03-0715836146ND
2017-03-0715836147ND
2017-05-2416142639ND
2017-05-2416142640ND
2017-05-2416142641ND
2017-05-2416142642ND
2017-08-3116612354ND
2017-08-3116612355ND
2017-08-3116612356ND
2017-08-3116612357ND
2017-11-0917345806ND
2017-11-0917345807ND
2017-11-0917345808ND
2017-11-0917345809ND