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EWG's Tap Water Database — 2019 UPDATE

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Dichloromethane (methylene chloride)

City of Houston

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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181

Samples

0

Samples exceeding legal limit (MCL)

0

Samples exceeding
health guidelines

Testing results - average by year

 
YearAverage resultSamples takenDetectionsRange of results
20120.0263 ppb191ND - 0.500 ppb
2013ND120ND
2014ND250ND
2015ND390ND
2016ND430ND
2017ND430ND

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
2012-04-10AB86410ND
2012-04-10AB86406ND
2012-05-23AB90921ND
2012-05-23AB90927ND
2012-05-23AB90925ND
2012-05-23AB90923ND
2012-07-24AB96062ND
2012-07-24AB960640.500 ppb
2012-08-10AB97995ND
2012-08-10AB97985ND
2012-08-10AB97987ND
2012-08-10AB97989ND
2012-08-10AB97997ND
2012-08-27AB99665ND
2012-09-19AC01320ND
2012-09-19AC01318ND
2012-09-20AC01557ND
2012-09-20AC01569ND
2012-11-19AC05439ND
2013-02-26AC11755ND
2013-08-08AC27249ND
2013-08-08AC27265ND
2013-08-08AC27243ND
2013-08-08AC27259ND
2013-08-08AC27253ND
2013-08-08AC27263ND
2013-08-08AC27257ND
2013-08-08AC27261ND
2013-08-08AC27255ND
2013-09-25AC31364ND
2013-10-29AC33630ND
2014-04-16AC50842ND
2014-04-16AC50844ND
2014-04-17AC51090ND
2014-04-17AC51078ND
2014-04-17AC51084ND
2014-04-17AC51082ND
2014-06-03AC55801ND
2014-07-15AC59698ND
2014-07-15AC59690ND
2014-07-15AC59692ND
2014-07-15AC59694ND
2014-07-15AC59688ND
2014-07-16AC59835ND
2014-07-16AC59831ND
2014-07-16AC59839ND
2014-07-16AC59849ND
2014-07-16AC59837ND
2014-07-16AC59845ND
2014-10-08AC69209ND
2014-10-09AC69350ND
2014-10-09AC69348ND
2014-12-09AC74196ND
2014-12-09AC74204ND
2014-12-18AC75459ND
2014-12-18AC75455ND
2015-03-04AC82952ND
2015-03-05AC82914ND
2015-03-24AC85888ND
2015-06-04AC94641ND
2015-06-04AC94645ND
2015-06-04AC94639ND
2015-06-04AC94643ND
2015-06-04AC94647ND
2015-07-21AD00437ND
2015-07-21AD00441ND
2015-07-21AD00429ND
2015-07-21AD00435ND
2015-07-21AD00443ND
2015-07-21AD00433ND
2015-07-21AD00405ND
2015-07-21AD00407ND
2015-07-22AD00630ND
2015-07-22AD00628ND
2015-07-22AD00632ND
2015-07-22AD00626ND
2015-07-22AD00624ND
2015-07-22AD00638ND
2015-09-17AD07597ND
2015-09-17AD07599ND
2015-10-22AD11558ND
2015-10-22AD11536ND
2015-10-22AD11542ND
2015-10-22AD11532ND
2015-10-22AD11548ND
2015-10-22AD11550ND
2015-11-12AD13376ND
2015-11-12AD13378ND
2015-11-12AD13382ND
2015-11-12AD13386ND
2015-11-12AD13372ND
2015-11-12AD13380ND
2015-11-12AD13390ND
2015-12-08AD15973ND
2015-12-08AD15967ND
2016-02-18AD24361ND
2016-02-18AD24331ND
2016-02-18AD24299ND
2016-02-18AD24379ND
2016-03-03AD26927ND
2016-03-17AD29381ND
2016-03-17AD29379ND
2016-03-23AD30127ND
2016-03-23AD30131ND
2016-03-23AD30129ND
2016-03-23AD30155ND
2016-06-03AD39456ND
2016-06-08AD39810ND
2016-06-08AD39818ND
2016-06-08AD39806ND
2016-06-08AD39802ND
2016-06-08AD39794ND
2016-06-08AD39808ND
2016-06-16AD41019ND
2016-06-16AD41015ND
2016-06-16AD41013ND
2016-09-20AD50395ND
2016-09-20AD50391ND
2016-09-20AD50373ND
2016-09-20AD50375ND
2016-09-20AD50381ND
2016-09-21AD50831ND
2016-09-21AD50829ND
2016-09-21AD50809ND
2016-09-21AD50825ND
2016-09-22AD50815ND
2016-10-06AD52680ND
2016-10-06AD52682ND
2016-10-06AD52678ND
2016-10-06AD52676ND
2016-10-06AD52674ND
2016-11-18AD58909ND
2016-11-18AD58877ND
2016-11-21AD58875ND
2016-11-21AD58903ND
2016-11-21AD58897ND
2016-11-21AD58879ND
2016-11-21AD58871ND
2017-01-26AD67193ND
2017-01-26AD67205ND
2017-01-26AD67203ND
2017-03-01AD72767ND
2017-03-02AD73096ND
2017-03-02AD73124ND
2017-03-28AD77142ND
2017-03-28AD77184ND
2017-03-28AD77180ND
2017-03-28AD77186ND
2017-03-28AD77178ND
2017-03-29AD77428ND
2017-03-29AD77430ND
2017-03-29AD77444ND
2017-03-29AD77424ND
2017-04-26AD81177ND
2017-04-27AD81524ND
2017-04-27AD81528ND
2017-07-06AD88484ND
2017-07-06AD88482ND
2017-07-25AD90637ND
2017-07-25AD90641ND
2017-07-25AD90639ND
2017-07-26AD90867ND
2017-07-26AD90845ND
2017-08-15AD93122ND
2017-08-15AD93098ND
2017-08-15AD93120ND
2017-08-15AD93104ND
2017-09-11AD95487ND
2017-09-11AD95493ND
2017-09-11AD95485ND
2017-09-26AD98055ND
2017-09-26AD98057ND
2017-11-07AE03895ND
2017-11-07AE03877ND
2017-11-07AE03875ND
2017-11-07AE03897ND
2017-11-07AE03883ND
2017-11-07AE03881ND
2017-11-14AE04773ND
2017-12-04AE06600ND
2017-12-04AE06598ND