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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Benzene

Fort Bend County MUD 25

Benzene is a known human carcinogen. It also damages blood cells and the nervous system. Emissions from petroleum processing, hazardous waste landfills and underground storage tanks contaminate drinking water with benzene. Read More.

To protect against cancer risks, California set a public health goal for benzene in drinking water at 0.15 parts per billion, 30 times lower than the federal legal limit of 5 parts per billion.

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16

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
2012ND10ND
2013ND10ND
2014ND10ND
2015ND50ND
2016ND50ND
2017ND30ND

ppb = parts per billion

State and national drinking water standards and health guidelines

EWG Health Guideline 0.15 ppb

The EWG Health Guideline of 0.15 ppb for benzene 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 benzene, established in 1987, was based on analytical detection limits at the time that the standard was set. This limit may not fully protect against the risk of cancer due to benzene exposure.

ppb = parts per billion

All test results

Date Lab ID Result
2012-03-20AB84532ND
2013-02-28AC11759ND
2014-05-16AC54455ND
2015-02-04AC79293ND
2015-02-04AC79295ND
2015-02-04AC79265ND
2015-02-04AC79289ND
2015-06-02AC94168ND
2016-01-19AD18648ND
2016-01-19AD18642ND
2016-01-19AD18622ND
2016-06-21AD41365ND
2016-08-02AD46709ND
2017-01-12AD64770ND
2017-01-12AD64784ND
2017-01-12AD64774ND