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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

City of Grand Prairie

Methylene chloride is a common industrial solvent used for paint stripping, vapor degreasing, printing, electronics manufacturing and cleaning. It causes cancer and liver damage in animal studies. Read More.

Surface and groundwater can be contaminated with methylene chloride from industrial releases and landfill leaching. The EPA considers methylene chloride likely carcinogenic to people. Long-term ingestion of drinking water with methylene chloride contamination can cause liver damage and cancer. Occupational exposure to methylene chloride and other solvents has been linked with increased risk of miscarriage. Birth defects have also been observed in studies of laboratory animals exposed to methylene chloride during pregnancy.

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31

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013N/A00N/A
2014ND80ND
2015ND80ND
2016ND80ND
2017ND60ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 4 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 4 ppb for dichloromethane (methylene chloride) 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 dichloromethane, established in 1992, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-08-131208543010ND
2014-04-23Q1412991001ND
2014-06-04Q1419331002ND
2014-06-26Q1424023040ND
2014-06-26Q1424023005ND
2014-06-26Q1424023003ND
2014-06-26Q1424023002ND
2014-09-10Q1442991002ND
2014-09-10Q1442991005ND
2015-03-11Q1509064001ND
2015-06-09Q1521042004ND
2015-07-14Q1526936007ND
2015-07-14Q1526936006ND
2015-07-14Q1526936003ND
2015-07-14Q1526936001ND
2015-10-07Q1539391012ND
2015-10-07Q1539391014ND
2016-01-14Q1601729018ND
2016-01-14Q1601729016ND
2016-01-14Q1601729014ND
2016-01-14Q1601729011ND
2016-03-01Q1608611002ND
2016-07-14Q1628712002ND
2016-10-05Q1642114002ND
2016-12-05Q1652555001ND
2017-01-05Q1700632002ND
2017-01-05Q1700632016ND
2017-06-27Q1726535024ND
2017-06-27Q1726535014ND
2017-06-27Q1726535021ND
2017-06-27Q1726535020ND