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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Ethylbenzene

Emmaus Borough Public Water

Ethylbenzene, a component of petroleum, is a volatile cancer-causing chemical primarily used for production of plastics and rubber. Ethylbenzene is also released from gasoline fuel emissions. Read More.

In animal studies, exposure to ethylbenzene causes tumors. Ethylbenzene can also damage lungs, liver, kidneys and the nervous system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies ethylbenzene as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.”

 

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 300 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 300 ppb for ethylbenzene 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) 700 ppb

The legal limit for ethylbenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1950s.

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
2015-02-2412434970ND
2015-02-2412434992ND
2015-02-2412435013ND
2015-02-2412435034ND
2015-02-2412434904ND
2015-02-2412434925ND
2015-02-2412434947ND
2015-02-2412434883ND
2015-05-2712788721ND
2015-05-2712788666ND
2015-05-2712788688ND
2015-05-2712788645ND
2015-08-2613301778ND
2015-08-2613301732ND
2015-08-2613301753ND
2015-08-2613301711ND
2015-11-2313548700ND
2015-11-2313548564ND
2015-11-2313548587ND
2015-11-2313548543ND
2016-03-0714020480ND
2016-03-0714020502ND
2016-03-0714020523ND
2016-03-0714020544ND
2016-03-0714020413ND
2016-03-0714020434ND
2016-03-0714020455ND
2016-03-0714020392ND
2016-05-2414296586ND
2016-05-2414296569ND
2016-05-2414618850ND
2016-05-2414296545ND
2016-08-3014785485ND
2016-08-3014785442ND
2016-08-3014785459ND
2016-08-3014785424ND
2016-11-1715267413ND
2016-11-1715267380ND
2016-11-1715267385ND
2016-11-1715267341ND
2017-03-0715836151ND
2017-03-0715836156ND
2017-03-0715836157ND
2017-03-0715836158ND
2017-03-0715836152ND
2017-03-0715836153ND
2017-03-0715836154ND
2017-03-0715836155ND
2017-05-2416142643ND
2017-05-2416142644ND
2017-05-2416142645ND
2017-05-2416142646ND
2017-08-3116612358ND
2017-08-3116612359ND
2017-08-3116612360ND
2017-08-3116612361ND
2017-11-0917345810ND
2017-11-0917345811ND
2017-11-0917345812ND
2017-11-0917345813ND