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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Toluene

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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.

 

19

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND40ND
2013ND30ND
2014ND30ND
2015ND30ND
2016ND30ND
2017ND30ND

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
2012-01-24AB78690ND
2012-01-24AB78696ND
2012-05-02AB88737ND
2012-07-30AB96593ND
2013-03-12AC13099ND
2013-03-12AC13103ND
2013-08-19AC28195ND
2014-01-13AC38553ND
2014-01-13AC38555ND
2014-05-14AC54162ND
2015-02-04AC79249ND
2015-02-04AC79247ND
2015-02-04AC79259ND
2016-01-12AD17628ND
2016-01-12AD17630ND
2016-01-12AD17624ND
2017-02-23AD71747ND
2017-02-23AD71741ND
2017-05-18AD84905ND