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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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o-Dichlorobenzene

Pennsylvania American Water Pittsburgh

o-Dichlorobenzene is used as a chemical intermediate for making agricultural herbicides. It is toxic to the liver, kidneys and the nervous system, and causes cancer in animal studies.

 

12

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND20ND
2013ND20ND
2014ND20ND
2015ND20ND
2016ND20ND
2017ND20ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 600 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 600 ppb for o-dichlorobenzene 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) 600 ppb

The legal limit for o-dichlorobenzene, established in 1991, was based on a toxicity study in laboratory animals conducted in the 1970s.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-01-0415601601ND
2012-01-0415597001ND
2013-01-0720735101ND
2013-01-1020735701ND
2014-01-0824419801ND
2014-01-0924420501ND
2015-01-0512344361ND
2015-01-0612344382ND
2016-01-0413812695ND
2016-01-1113812742ND
2017-01-0415587648ND
2017-01-0415587505ND